Innovation pathways and policy challenges at the regional level: smart specialisation

Wintjes, René and Hollanders, Hugo (2011). Innovation pathways and policy challenges at the regional level: smart specialisation. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Wintjes, René
    Hollanders, Hugo
    Title Innovation pathways and policy challenges at the regional level: smart specialisation
    Publication Date 2011
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract This paper highlights the great diversity in development pathways and trajectories of innovation across European regions. A regional knowledge-based economy has multi-dimensional aspects. It includes a variety of knowledge activities and multiple interactions among a range of actors including universities, research institutes, enterprises, knowledge workers and institutions. The spatial patterns and trends for the different aspects of the knowledge-based economy vary significantly across Europe. Most aspects show convergence and generate catching-up processes, while some show divergence between European regions. Overall, absorption capacity has increased in importance and education is an important challenge for future regional development. Place-based innovation policy is essential to enhance synergies among co-evolving knowledge capabilities and encourage smart specialisation.
    Keyword Innovation pathways
    Regional development
    Innovation policy
    JEL O18
    R11
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2011
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