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The Learning Region

Foundations, State of the Art, Future Edited by Roel Rutten, Assistant Professor of Organization Studies, Department of Organization Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands and Frans Boekema, Professor of Economic Geography and Extraordinary Professor of Euregional Management, Radboud University Nijmegen and Associate Professor of Regional Economics, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
The aim of this book is to present a much-needed conceptualization of ‘the learning region’. The editors scrutinize key concepts and issues surrounding this phenomenon, which are then discussed in the context of recent literature.

This unique conceptualization of the learning region presents a state of the art exploration of theories. Leading scholars from across Europe, the USA and South Africa draw upon various disciplines to explain how regional actors perform regional learning.
Extent: 320 pp
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84376 938 5
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  • Business and Management
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Geography
  • Regional Economics
  • Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Innovation Policy
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
The aim of this book is to present a much-needed conceptualization of ‘the learning region’. The editors scrutinize key concepts and issues surrounding this phenomenon, which are then discussed in the context of recent literature.

This unique conceptualization of the learning region presents a state of the art exploration of theories. Leading scholars from across Europe, the USA and South Africa draw upon various disciplines to explain how regional actors perform regional learning, including: regional networks, industrial districts, the systems innovation approach, social capital and economic geography. Contrary to competing theories, this study takes a relational approach to the learning region. The book thus focuses on learning between regional actors and the ongoing relations they have not only with each other, but also with other actors in their regional social context.

Providing path-breaking theory development in the fields of innovation and regional science and economic geography, this highly original, multidisciplinary study will prove invaluable for students, academics and researchers. Regional policymakers will also find much to interest them within this book.
Contributors: B.T. Asheim, N. Bellini, F. Boekema, P. Cooke, R. Florida, R. Hassink, G.-J. Hospers, P. Kenis, M. Landabaso, M. Lorenzen, E. Malecki, M. Meeus, K. Morgan, L. Oerlemans, R. Rutten, M. Storper
Contents:

1. The Learning Region: Foundations, State of the Art, Future
Roel Rutten and Frans Boekema

PART I: FOUNDATIONS
2. Regional ‘Worlds’ of Production: Learning and Innovation in the Technology Districts of France, Italy and the USA
Michael Storper

3. Toward the Learning Region
Richard Florida

4. Industrial Districts as ‘Learning Regions’: A Condition for Prosperity
Bjørn T. Asheim

5. The Learning Region: Institutions, Innovation and Regional Renewal
Kevin Morgan

PART II: STATE OF THE ART
6. The Learning Region: A Conceptual Anatomy
Roel Rutten and Frans Boekema

7. Knowledge and the Competitiveness of Places
Ed Malecki and Gert-Jan Hospers

8. Regional Innovation Networks
Leon Oerlemans, Marius Meeus and Patrick Kenis

9. Regional Innovation Systems, Asymmetric Knowledge and the Legacies of Learning
Philip Cooke

10. Localized Learning and Social Capital
Mark Lorenzen

11. Learning About Innovation in Europe’s Regional Policy
Nicola Bellini and Mikel Landabaso

12. The Learning Region: A Constructive Critique
Robert Hassink

PART III: FUTURE
13. A Future for the Learning Region
Roel Rutten and Frans Boekema

Index