In the global economy, regional development and innovation are increasingly an imperative to increase the competitive edge of EU economies. While European regions are different in many ways, the innovation capacity of regions, clusters and firms is what makes them capable of building up new and diversified pathways for sustainable growth.
For this reason, Innovation Drivers and Regional Innovation Strategies looks to analyze different knowledge drivers (e.g. entrepreneurial or policy-orientation; scientific and practice-based knowledge modes; institutional innovation support) that influence the innovative and competitive capacity of regions, clusters and firms in Europe. The aim of this volume is to develop an in-depth understanding of these drivers and their implications for the way in which regional and cluster growth may be upgraded.
Innovation Drivers and Regional Innovation Strategies examines the construction of new innovation pathways for regions and clusters in different geographical contexts. The main themes are cluster evolution, regional innovation systems and business innovation modes and capabilities. The objectives are centred on exploring the logic and mechanisms that can be activated as a means to promote innovation and competitiveness within regions and, within these, across and within firms.
Aimed at researchers and academics in the field, this is a thoughtful and innovative new volume that helps define the academic debate.
Mario Davide Parrilli is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Bournemouth, UK.
Rune Dahl Fitjar is Professor of Innovation Studies at the UiS Business School, University of Stavanger, Norway.
Andres Rodriguez-Pose is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, UK.