Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2019/15: Explaining the past, predicting the future: the influence of regional trajectories on innovation networks of new industries in emerging economies

Monica Plechero (), Kulkarni Mandar (), Cristina Chaminade () and Parthasarathy Balaji ()
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Monica Plechero: University of Florence, Postal: Italy
Kulkarni Mandar: International Institute of Information Technology, Postal: India
Cristina Chaminade: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Parthasarathy Balaji: International Institute of Information Technology, Postal: India

Abstract: Economic geographers have recently made important contributions to the relationship between regional transformation, industrial specialisation and innovation networks in the emergence of new industries. However, most contemporary research has focused on the influence of networks on regional trajectories, paying lip service to how regional trajectories also influence network configurations. Furthermore, international comparative research on how specific regional innovation system (RIS) trajectories may shape innovation networks in new industrial sectors is underdeveloped. The paper investigates how the trajectories of Bangalore and Beijing RISs influence the objectives and geographical configuration of innovation networks in the new media industry. The coevolution of the different elements of the RIS trajectory points to the unfolding of politically and institutionally driven trajectory in Beijing and cognitively driven trajectory in Bangalore. These trajectories lead to specific barriers and opportunities for the development of innovation networks in new industries.

Keywords: RIS trajectories; Innovation networks; New media industry; Beijing; Bangalore

JEL-codes: O19; O30; R50

39 pages, November 13, 2019

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