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International Knowledge and Innovation Networks

Knowledge Creation and Innovation in Medium-technology Clusters Riccardo Cappellin, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy and Rüdiger Wink, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany
This book explores the distinct nature of innovation in medium technology industrial sectors – which are the key to European international competitiveness – and examines the recent changes of networks within regional clusters.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $136.00 Web: $122.40
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 441 6
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  • Business and Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Innovation Policy
  • Knowledge Management
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Clusters
  • Regional Studies
This book explores the distinct nature of innovation in medium technology industrial sectors – which are the key to European international competitiveness – and examines the recent changes of networks within regional clusters.

The authors present best-practice management and regional strategies, and develop an original and coherent theoretical framework for the analysis of innovation processes called ‘Territorial Knowledge Management’. They concentrate on the territorial dimension and the cognitive economics approach, and go beyond the traditional focus on R&D in high-tech sectors. The pivotal role of intermediate institutions in the governance of modern co-ordinated market economies is also highlighted.

Working towards defining new guidelines for creating networks of competence centers and removing barriers to the enlargement of knowledge and innovation networks in Europe, this book will prove an enlightening read for those with an interest in postgraduate level management and innovation studies. Management and policy-making practitioners at both the regional and European level will also find much to interest them.
‘This work is a new, valuable reference and tool for scholars, students, practitioners and policymakers interested in knowledge, innovation, regional growth and competitiveness.’
– Pier Paolo Patrucco, Italian Journal of Regional Science

‘This book is remarkable for several reasons. It provides highly relevant empirical analysis into a fundamental but under-researched area, namely medium technology industries. It proposes a new theoretical approach which builds on cognitive economics to explain how innovation in these industries is generated by interactive learning. It develops important policy implications based on the concept of governance. In doing so, the authors of this book are able to successfully blend together micro to macro levels of analysis as well as regional and industrial economics with public policy. The book should be carefully read by economists and social scientists, policy makers and businessmen interested in innovation at the regional level.’
– Luigi Orsenigo, University of Brescia and Bocconi University, Italy
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Role and Characteristics of Medium-tech Sectors 3. Innovation Patterns and Best Practices in Medium-technology Networks 4. The Analysis of Regional Knowledge Networks 5. The Approach of Knowledge Networks in Innovation Policy with Staszek Walukiewicz Bibliography Index