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Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Functional Regions

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Professor Emeritus of the Economics of Technological Change, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University and Professor Emeritus, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, Roger R. Stough, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University, US and Börje Johansson, Professor of Economics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Jönköping and Director, CESIS (Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
In recent decades, the world has witnessed the emergence of a global knowledge economy in which functional regions increasingly play a role as independent and dynamic market places. These are integrated with other functional regions by means of flows of information, knowledge, and commodities. This contemporary and illuminating book provides a state-of-the-art overview of current research on innovation and entrepreneurship in functional regions.
Extent: 448 pp
Hardback Price: $170.00 Web: $153.00
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84720 074 7
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  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Regional Economics
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
In recent decades, the world has witnessed the emergence of a global knowledge economy in which functional regions increasingly play a role as independent and dynamic market places. These are integrated with other functional regions by means of flows of information, knowledge, and commodities. This contemporary and illuminating book provides a state-of-the-art overview of current research on innovation and entrepreneurship in functional regions.

There are numerous questions regarding entrepreneurship and innovation in functional regions that have not yet been answered – until now. Some of the issues that the expert contributors in this field question are – How do firms compete and how do they develop their competitive strategies? How important are entrepreneurial actions and innovation? How important are firm size, firm maturity and corporate structure for innovation?

Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Functional Regions will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of entrepreneurship, business economics, innovation and regional science.
‘The book is pleasant to read, well formatted, not overloaded with tables and figures, and, most importantly, it is well balanced with respect to contributions that are empirically as well as theoretically motivated. . . the selection of papers offers the reader a valuable and interesting avenue to the ongoing research agenda of entrepreneurship and innovations in a spatial context. The book serves as a solid platform for researchers not yet familiar with this topic.’
– Torben Klarl, Journal of Regional Science

‘The book begins with an excellent introductory chapter clearly explaining what a functional region is and what its roles are in the independent, yet interconnected, poles of the global economy. Here the authors provide a comprehensive overview illustrating the growing importance of functional regions and providing theoretical underpinnings. . . One of the great strengths of this edited book, however, is that it brings together different perspectives on, and evidence of, innovation and entrepreneurship across regions and industries. Each chapter is self-contained, and each is well written and comprehensive on the specific subject it explores. . . The book is an excellent collection of up-to-date empirical evidence offering inspiring insights into entrepreneurship and innovation in the global knowledge economy. . . Accordingly, I recommend Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Functional Regions, as an invaluable companion not only for economic geographers but also for urban economists, and policy-makers’
– Li Tang, Science and Public Policy
Contributors: V. Albino, F. Alvarez, M. Andersson, G.A.S. Cook, L. Ding, O. Ejermo, I. Giannoccaro, J.A. Goldstone, U. Gråsjö, K.E. Haynes, B. Johansson, A. Kander, C. Karlsson, H. Lööf, R. Moreno, K. Nyström, R. Ortega-Argilés, N.R. Pandit, W. Pfoertsch, K. Pond, A. Rader Olsson, T. Roolaht, R.R. Stough, R. Tözün
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Functional Regions
Charlie Karlsson, Roger R. Stough and Börje Johansson

2. Engineering Culture, Innovation, and Modern Wealth Creation
Jack A. Goldstone

3. The Swedish Paradox Revisited
Olof Ejermo and Astrid Kander

4. Firm Location, Corporate Structure and Innovation
Börje Johansson, Amy Rader Olsson and Hans Lööf

5. Firm Size, Firm Maturity and Product and Process R&D in Swedish
Manufacturing/Firms
Kristina Nyström

6. University-educated Labour, R&D and Regional Export Performance
Urban Gråsjö

7. Magnitude and Destination Diversity of Exports: The Role of Product Variety
Martin Andersson

8. Differences in Survivor Functions According to Different Competitive/Strategies
Raquel Ortega-Argilés and Rosina Moreno

9. A Resource-based Analysis of Bankruptcy Law, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Recovery
Gary A.S. Cook, Naresh R. Pandit and Keith Pond

10. Agglomeration Economies, Learning Processes, and Patterns of
Firm Spatial Clustering
Vito Albino, Francisco Alvarez and Ilaria Giannoccaro

11. Assiduous Firms in a ‘Learning Region’: The Case of East Württemberg, Germany
Waldemar Pfoertsch and Reha Tözün

12. Cluster Dynamics: Insights from Broadcasting in Three UK City-Regions
Gary A.S. Cook and Naresh R. Pandit

13. Technology, Innovation and Latecomer Strategies: The Case of the Mobile Handset Manufacturing Sector in China
Lei Ding and Kingsley E. Haynes

14. Enterprise Development Policy: Modeling the Policy Context
Roger R. Stough

15. Entrepreneurial Business Support Networks: A Leader Institution
Perspective
Tõnu Roolaht

Index