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Smart specialization strategies: a territorial strategy for regions


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  • Mikel Navarro Arancegui

    (Orkestra-Instituto Vasco de Competitividad y Deusto Business School)

  • Mari José Aranguren Querejeta

    (Orkestra-Instituto Vasco de Competitividad y Deusto Business School)

  • Edurne Magro Montero

    (Orkestra-Instituto Vasco de Competitividad y Deusto Business School)


There is clear acknowledgment in the literature of the importance of developing regional innovation strategies to build to build competitiveness advantages. However the concept remains fuzzy in terms of its limits and contents applied to the territorial field. This paper aims to shed light on the contents a territorial strategy should include as well as on the main characteristics characteristics that present the development process of territorial strategies. Moreover, this paper analyses one concrete type of territorial strategy, which is currently being disseminated by the European Commission for regional development: the smart specialization strategy. In consequence, this paper analyses the aspects that remain under discussion and opened to a greater development and precision under the smart specialization concept.

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Article provided by Universidad del País Vasco - Instituto de Economía Aplicada a la Empresa (IEAE) in its journal Cuadernos de Gestión.

Volume (Year): 12 (2012)
Issue (Month): SI ()
Pages: 27-49

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Handle: RePEc:ehu:cuader:20121215

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Keywords: Strategy; territory; smart specialization; innovation;

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  1. Mikel Navarro Arancegui & Mari Jose Aranguren Querejeta & Edurne Magro Montero, . "Smart Specialisation Strategies: The Case of the Basque Country," Working Papers 2011R07, Basque Institute of Competitiveness.


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