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Unlocking Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Unlocking Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Potential for Increasing Capacities

9781800371231 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Iréne Bernhard, PhD, Urban Gråsjö, PhD, School of Business, Economics and IT, University West and Charlie Karlsson, Professor Emeritus, Jönköping University and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Publication Date: June 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 123 1 Extent: 368 pp
Illuminating and timely, this book explores several theoretical and empirical issues related to the potential for increasing capacities for innovation, knowledge and entrepreneurship. It highlights the current academic and political consensus that calls for policy interventions targeted towards more balanced, inclusive and regionally cohesive growth.

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Illuminating and timely, this book explores several theoretical and empirical issues related to the potential for increasing capacities for innovation, knowledge and entrepreneurship. It highlights the current academic and political consensus that calls for policy interventions targeted towards more balanced, inclusive and regionally cohesive growth.

Bringing together a wide range of cutting-edge case studies and research on regional potentials, the book explores the need for a focus on the regional inequality aspects of innovating, knowledge and entrepreneurship. Chapters analyse previously underexplored determinants of regional economic growth and development often overlooked in standard growth studies. They offer a deeper understanding of the drivers and implications of sub-national disparities in entrepreneurship and innovation in both developed and developing countries.

Scholars and researchers of innovation, entrepreneurship, regional economics and spatial planning will appreciate the blend of empirical and theoretical viewpoints in the book. It will also be a useful tool for policymakers, planners and consultants involved in economic development and regional policies on different scales.
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‘Innovation and entrepreneurship are key to economic development. But these factors are far more concentrated geographically than wealth or employment. Why is this the case? Unlocking Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides the answers. A must-read for scholars and policymakers who want to unleash the economic potential of territories.’
– Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, London School of Economics, UK

‘The book is an elegant collection of works able to develop a deeper understanding of the drivers and the implications of regional disparities in entrepreneurship and innovation for implementing policies aimed at unlocking the potential of all regions, and especially of those rural, lagging and peripheral, in order to maximize their contribution to national growth and prosperity.’
– Roberta Capello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Contributors
Contributors include: R. Antonietti, V.A. Barinova, I. Bernhard, C. Burlina, A.P. Cornett, P. Czerwony, G. Dzemydaitė, U. Gråsjö, M.S. Gustafsson, M. Imase, V. Johansson, C. Karlsson, A. Kraaij, H. Lawton Smith, M. Miller, T. Mroczkowski, G.F. Mulligan, D. Odaway, S. Rademaker, N.K. Sørensen, S. Tavassoli, C. Trillo, Y.V. Tsareva, E. Wihlborg, S.P. Zemtsov
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction to Unlocking Regional Innovation and
Entrepreneurship: The Potential for Increasing Capacities 1
Iréne Bernhard, Urban Gråsjö and Charlie Karlsson
2 Activating and redirecting regional potentials through
innovation and entrepreneurship: an explorative study of
European regions 14
Andreas P. Cornett and Nils Karl Sørensen
3 Urban innovation districts as hotspots for innovators 38
Claudia Trillo
4 Entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship policy and regional
innovation systems 64
Helen Lawton Smith
5 Industrial policy in developed countries: a difficult but
important policy area 81
Charlie Karlsson and Sam Tavassoli
6 Cultural policy for unlocking potentials of cultural
activities in diverse regions 111
Giedrė Dzemydaitė
7 Assessing the role of entropy on economic complexity in
Italian regions 134
Roberto Antonietti and Chiara Burlina
8 Regional institutions and small business in Russia 158
Yulia V. Tsareva, Stepan P. Zemtsov and Vera A. Barinova
9 Hiring the first employee: an international exploration
on the considerations leading to job creation by the solo
self-employed 186
Albert Kraaij and Saskia Rademaker
10 How patenting and self-employment have affected US
metropolitan growth 219
Gordon F. Mulligan
11 Automation of income support in the public social
services: a case study of an innovation that is still struggling 248
Elin Wihlborg and Mariana S. Gustafsson
12 Businessization and collaboration of the citizen/non-profit
sector in Japan 271
Masashi Imase
13 Complementary smart specialization in a key Polish region 298
Patryk Czerwony, Mirosław Miller and Tomasz Mroczkowski
14 Higher education and inclusion: a comparative study of
immigrants’ challenges, opportunities and strategies in
Sweden and South Africa 321
Victoria Johansson and Deeqa Odaway

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