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Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation

Edited by Richard Shearmur, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Canada, Christophe Carrincazeaux, GREThA UMR CNRS 5113, University of Bordeaux, France and David Doloreux, Department of International Business, HEC Montréal, Canada
The geography of innovation is changing. First, it is increasingly understood that innovative firms and organizations exhibit a wide variety of strategies, each being differently attuned to diverse geographic contexts. Second, and concomitantly, the idea that cities, clusters and physical proximity are essential for innovation is evolving under the weight of new theorizing and empirical evidence. In this Handbook we gather 28 chapters by scholars with widely differing views on what constitutes the geography of innovation. The aim of the Handbook is to break with the many ideas and concepts that emerged during the course of the 1980s and 1990s, and to fully take into account the new reality of the internet, mobile communication technologies, personal mobility and globalization. This does not entail the rejection of well-established and supported ideas, but instead allows for a series of new ideas and authors to enter the arena and provoke debate.
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Publication Date: 2016
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Geography
  • Evolutionary Economics
  • Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Innovation Policy
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Studies
The geography of innovation is changing. Firstly, it is increasingly understood that innovative firms and organizations exhibit a wide variety of strategies, each differently attuned to diverse geographic contexts. Secondly, and concomitantly, the idea that cities, clusters and physical proximity are essential for innovation is evolving under the weight of new theorizing and empirical evidence. The aim of this Handbook is to break with the many ideas and concepts that emerged during the course of the 1980s and 1990s, and to fully take into account the new reality of the internet, mobile communication technologies, personal mobility and globalization.

The Handbook gathers a new generation of ideas and authors to contribute to the debate, providing an empirically grounded critical appraisal of the prevailing knowledge on the geography of innovation. The 28 original chapters, written by a diverse range of scholars with widely differing views, present fresh empirical evidence and new perspectives relating to how innovation plays out across space in an age where mobility has increased, information is ubiquitous and globalization has been realized. Overall, the dialogue between existing theory and new possibilities provides a unique and challenging appraisal of the connection between innovation, agglomeration and space.

Offering cutting-edge ideas in an accessible format, this will be an ideal resource for students and scholars of economic geography and innovation studies. The empirical evidence and analysis will also be of great value for policymakers and government officials.
‘The editors have assembled a superb array of experts on various aspects of innovation and its geographical sources, processes and manifestations. This volume provides state-of-the-art overviews of key topics, probing of ongoing debates, and fresh empirical perspectives on unresolved dilemmas in innovation studies. The Handbook should be an essential reference for scholars and policymakers alike as they struggle to understand the many geographies of innovation.’
– Edward J. Malecki, The Ohio State University, US

‘The authors present a much needed update to prior handbooks on the geography of innovation. They have been able to put together a remarkable and consistent collection of chapters by well-known authors that will be of relevance not only for geographers, but also for scholars in economics, innovation studies and related fields interested in the spatial aspects of innovation. It combines well-established topics on innovation systems with new insights, for instance, into the culture of innovation, discusses center vs. periphery innovation, and orients itself along a set of perceived confusions in the field – as identified in the introduction. I believe this book will find a broad readership among researchers, students and politicians interested in the spatiality of innovation.’
– Harald Bathelt, University of Toronto, Canada
Contributors: B.T. Asheim, H.W. Aslesen, A. Bain, P.-A. Balland, N. Bradford, A. Bramwell, C. Brennan-Horley, S. Breschi, C. Carrincazeaux, C. Chaminade, R. Comunian, C. De Fuentes, D. Doloreux, D. Eckert, A. Faggian, M. Ferru, R.D. Fitjar, K. Flanagan, C. Gibson, M. Grillitsch, M. Grossetti, G. Harirchi, F. Huber, A. Isaksen, S. Jewell, J. Karlsen, N. Komninos, J.-L. Klein, N. Lee, F. Lissoni, M. Maisonobe, J. Mattes, P. McCann, C.Noumedem Temgoua, R. Ortega-Argilés, M. Plechero, A. Rallet, A. Rodriguez-Pose, R. Shearmur, H.L. Smith, B. Spigel, J. Tallec, E. Tranos, D.-G. Tremblay, F. Tödtling, M. Trippl, E. Uyarra, C. Yang, C. Wilkie, D.A. Wolfe


Contents:

Forward

Introduction
The Geographies of Innovations: Beyond One-Size-Fits-All
Richard Shearmur, Christophe Carrincazeaux and David Doloreux

PART I THEORETICAL APPROACHES AND CONCEPTS
1. Regional Innovation, R&D and Knowledge Spillovers: The Role Played by Geographical and Non-Geographical Factors
Philip McCann and Raquel Ortega-Argilés

2. Regional Innovation Systems: Past - Present - Future
Björn T. Asheim, Markus Grillitsch and Michaela Trippl

3. Understanding and Learning from an Evolving Geography of Innovation
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Callum Wilkie

4. The Cultural Embeddedness of Regional Innovation: A Bourdieuian Perspective
Ben Spigel

5. Proximity Dynamics and the Geography of Innovation: Diminishing Returns or Renewal?
Marie Ferru and Alain Rallet

PART II RELATEDNESS AND KNOWLEDGE BASES: INTRODUCTION
Richard Shearmur, Christophe Carrincazeaux and David Doloreux
6. Relatedness and the Geography of Innovation
Pierre-Alexandre Balland

7. How Do Firms Acquire Knowledge in Different Sectoral and Regional Contexts?
Franz Tödtling and Michaela Trippl

8. Clusters Initiatives, Open Innovation and Knowledge Bases
Heidi Wiig Aslesen and Arne Isaksen

PART III CITIES, INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY: Introduction
Richard Shearmur, Christophe Carrincazeaux and David Doloreux
9. Innovation and Creativity in City-Regions
David A. Wolfe

10. Intelligent Cities and the Evolution Towards Technology-Enhanced, Global, and User-Driven Territorial Systems of Innovation
Nicos Komninos

11.Geography, Skills and Career Patterns at the Boundary of Creativity and Innovation: Digital Technology and Creative Arts Graduates in the UK Roberta Comunian, Alessandra Faggian and Sarah Jewell

PART IV BEYOND AGGLOMERATION AND CLUSTERS: Introduction
Richard Shearmur, Christophe Carrincazeaux and David Doloreux
12. Four Commonly Held Beliefs About the Geography of Scientific Activities
Michel Grossetti, Denis Eckert, Marion Maisonobe and Josselin Tallec

13. Putting the Boot into Creative Cluster Theory
Chris Gibson and Chris Brennan-Horley

14. Beyond Networks in Clusters
Franz Huber and Rune Dahl Fitjar

15. Suburban Creativity and Innovation
Alison Bain

16. Innovation in Peripheral Regions
Arne Isaksen and James Karlsen

PART V INNOVATION POLICY
17. Regional Economic Development: Institutions, Innovation, and Policy
Neil Bradford and Allison Bramwell

18. Revisiting the Role of Policy in Regional Innovation Systems
Elvira Uyarra and Kieron Flanagan

19. Evolution of Regional Innovation Systems in China: Insights From Emerging Indigenous Innovation in Shenzhen
Chun Yang

20. Entrepreneurial Regions in Theory and Policy Practice
Helen Lawton Smith

PART VI TRANSNATIONAL MOBILITY AND NETWORKS: Introduction
Richard Shearmur, Christophe Carrincazeaux and David Doloreux
21. The Internet: Its Geography, Growth and the Creation of (Digital) Social Capital
Emmanouil Tranos

22. The Geography and Structure of Global Innovation Networks: Global Scope and Regional Embeddedness
Cristina Chaminade, Claudia De Fuentes, Gouya Harirchi and Monica Plechero

23. Migration and Innovation: A Survey of Recent Studies
Stefano Breschi, Francesco Lissoni and Claudia Noumedem Temgoua

24. The Geography of Innovation in Multinational Companies: Internal Distribution and External Embeddedness
Jannika Mattes

PART VII LOCAL IMPACTS OF INNOVATION: Introduction
Richard Shearmur, Christophe Carrincazeaux and David Doloreux
25. Growth With Inequality? The Local Consequences of Innovation and Creativity
Neil Lee

26. Why Local Development and Local Innovation are Not the Same Thing: The Uneven Geographic Distribution of Innovation-Related Development, Richard Shearmur

27. Cultural Creation and Social Innovation as the Basis for Building a Cohesive City
Juan-Luis Klein and Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay

Index