Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2022/5: Agency and Economic Change in Regions: Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to identify Routes to New Path Development

Markus Grillitsch, Markku Sotarauta, Björn Asheim, Rune Dahl Fitjar, Silje Haus-Reve, Jari Kolehmainen, Heli Kurikka, Karl-Johan Lundquist, Mikhail Martynovich, Skirmante Monteilhet, et al (5 additional author(s)) Hjalti Nielsen, Magnus Nilsson, Josefine Rekers, Sami Sopanen and Linda Stihl
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Markus Grillitsch: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Markku Sotarauta: Tampere University, Postal: Finland
Björn Asheim: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Rune Dahl Fitjar: University of Stavanger, Postal: Norway
Silje Haus-Reve: University of Stavanger, Postal: Norway
Jari Kolehmainen: Tampere University, Postal: Finland
Heli Kurikka: Tampere University, Postal: Finland
Karl-Johan Lundquist: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Mikhail Martynovich: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Skirmante Monteilhet: University of Stavanger, Postal: Norway
Hjalti Nielsen: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Magnus Nilsson: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Josefine Rekers: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Sami Sopanen: Tampere University, Postal: Finland
Linda Stihl: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: This paper investigates the role of human agency in 40 phases of regional economic development in 12 Nordic regions over 30 years. The paper contributes with a theoretical framework to study agency over time and a fuzzyset qualitative comparative analysis based on a unique dataset combining over 200 interviews, with printed and online sources, and quantitative data. The paper identifies which combinations of agency types and context conditions make industrial upgrading or diversification possible, and investigates how such combinations come into being. The causal claims from this analysis are illustrated with empirical examples and discussed in relation to previous literature.

Keywords: regional development; industrial diversification; innovation; entrepreneurship; place-based leadership; institutions

JEL-codes: O10; O30; R11

Language: English

56 pages, April 4, 2022

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