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Challenges of Transformation: Innovation, Re-bundling and Traditional Manufacturing in Canada's Technology Triangle

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  • Harald Bathelt

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  • Andrew Munro

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  • Ben Spigel

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    This paper develops a perspective of regional re-bundling in overcoming economic crises. It does this by focusing on the effects of the recent global financial crisis on traditional manufacturing. We analyze the structure of innovation processes and their development over time in CanadaÕs Technology Triangle Ð a region known for university-related spin-off processes and successful modernization. What is less well-known is that this region has been strongly influenced by traditional manufacturing industries. We show that these industries have been well prepared to deal with the effects of the crisis due to ongoing innovation and diversification stimulated by prior economic crises.

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    Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 1111.

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    Length: 54 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2011
    Date of revision: Jun 2011
    Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1111

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    Keywords: CanadaÕs Technology Triangle; manufacturing sector; global financial crisis; re-bundling; innovation practices/strategies;

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