Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research

No 2018/13: Understanding processes of path renewal and creation in thick specialized regional innovation systems. Evidence from two textile districts in Italy and Sweden

Cristina Chaminade (), Marco Bellandi (), Monica Plechero () and Erica Santini ()
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Cristina Chaminade: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Marco Bellandi: University of Florence, Postal: Italy
Monica Plechero: University of Florence, Postal: Italy
Erica Santini: Fondazione per la Ricerca e l’Innovazione, Postal: Italy

Abstract: The type of regional innovation system (RIS) strongly affects possibilities of paths of industrial transformation. This paper argues that traditional manufacturing districts, corresponding to specialized RISs and characterised by various nuclei of specialization and know-how, may foster different trajectories in combination with extra-regional networks. In particular, the paper analyses the interplay between regional and national innovation systems, providing an overview of the effect that different multilevel dynamics have on local trajectories. The cases of the textile districts in Prato (Italy) and Borås (Sweden) show SRISs can display not only path extension but also path renewal and creation strategies.

Keywords: path development; regional innovation system; textile; knowledge nuclei; innovation policy; industrial district

JEL-codes: O19; O30; R11; R12

24 pages, December 13, 2018

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