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Cooperation, Networks and Institutions in Regional Innovation Systems

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Cooperation, Networks and Institutions in Regional Innovation Systems

9781840649833 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Dirk Fornahl, Centre for Regional and Innovation Economics, University of Bremen, Germany and Thomas Brenner, Phillips Universitat Marburg, Germany
Publication Date: 2003 ISBN: 978 1 84064 983 3 Extent: 384 pp
This book addresses the role of cooperation, networks and institutions in the context of regional innovation systems. It emphasises the importance of these factors in the emergence of local innovation systems, using detailed examples of clusters which have reached different stages of maturity.

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This book addresses the role of cooperation, networks and institutions in the context of regional innovation systems. It emphasises the importance of these factors in the emergence of local innovation systems, using detailed examples of clusters which have reached different stages of maturity.

The authors address the topic from an empirical, theoretical and political perspective, and highlight the local mechanisms which are involved in the development of innovation systems. They offer a comprehensive overview of different approaches in the field and present numerous case studies which stress the influence of networks and local institutions. Significantly, they also introduce several new approaches to regional innovation systems, including contributions which explicitly discuss the design and potential of policy measures to promote regional development. The policy recommendations are based on sound theorising which, in turn, is based on extensive empirical research.

This book is a valuable addition to a complex and growing literature which offers new perspectives and insights on cooperation, networks and institutions, and their role in the development of local systems of innovation. The combination of empirical, theoretical and policy-oriented approaches will ensure this book is essential reading for academics and policymakers in the fields of regional economics, innovation research and economic geography.
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Contributors: R. Bachmann, F. Barca, T. Brenner, C. DeBresson, M.P. van Dijk, D. Fornahl, N.J. Foss, A. Isaksen, K. Koschatzky, F. Lissoni, M. Lorenzen, A. Lutz, B. Nooteboom, M. Pagani, S. Pilon, P. Seri, U. Staber, J. Sydow, D. Tappi
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Contents: 1. Introduction: Towards a Political Perspective and Unifying Concept Part I: Theoretical Approaches 2. Local Culture and Regional Innovation Networks: Some Propositions 3. Entrepreneurial Activities in a Regional Context 4. The Role of Trust and Power in the Institutional Regulation of Territorial Business Systems 5. Cognitive Coordination, Institutions and Clusters: An Exploratory Discussion 6. Problems and Solutions in Knowledge Transfer 7. Learning Pathologies in Losing Areas: Towards a Definition of the Cognitive Obstacles to Local Development 8. On the Unit of Analysis in the Study of Networks Part II: Case Studies 9. Is Nanjing’s Concentration of IT Companies an Innovative Cluster? 10. TV Content Production in Media Regions: The Necessities and Difficulties of Public Policy Support for a Project-based Industry 11. How Many Networks in a Local Cluster? Textile Machine Production and Innovation in Brescia 12. ‘Lock-in’ of Regional Clusters: The Case of Offshore Engineering Part III: Policy Implications 13. Entrepreneurship Stimulation in Regional Innovation Systems – Public Promotion of University-based Start-ups in Germany 14. Cooperation and Knowledge-pooling in Clusters: Designing Territorial Competitiveness Policies 15. Policy Measures to Support the Emergence of Localised Industrial Clusters Index
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