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The Innovative Milieus Approach: Toward a Territorialized Understanding of the Economy?

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Space has always been more or less present in economic theories. Nevertheless, traditional approaches, as well as the so-called new economic geography, introduce space subsequently. Economic theories are first built independently of spatial and temporal contexts, for example, through costs varying according to distance. The innovative milieus approach is based on the ideas that space—or, more precisely, territory—is the matrix of economic development and that economic mechanisms transform space. This article describes innovative milieus as an ideal type that articulates three paradigms: the technological paradigm, which stresses innovation, learning, and know-how as the most important competitive advantages; the organizational paradigm, which emphasizes the role of networks, competition, and rules of cooperation, as well as relational capital; and the territorial paradigm, which accounts for the role of proximity and distance and stresses the idea that competition occurs between regions. The originality of the innovative milieus approach is that it considers these three paradigms as a whole, thus providing a stabilized set of concepts that allow for an understanding of economic development processes in their space and time contexts.

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Paper provided by GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel in its series GRET Publications and Working Papers with number 10-04.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2004
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Publication status: Published in Economic Geography, October 2004, Volume 80, Issue 4, Pages 367–379
Handle: RePEc:nct:wpaper:10-04

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Keywords: Innovative milieu; territory; innovation; learning;

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  1. Jennifer Clark, 2010. "Coordinating a conscious geography: the role of research centers in multi-scalar innovation policy and economic development in the US and Canada," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 35(5), pages 460-474, October.
  2. Christophe CARRINCAZEAUX (GREThA UMR CNRS 5113), 2009. "Spatial dynamics of innovation (In French)," Cahiers du GREThA 2009-21, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
  3. Olivier Crevoisier, 2011. "Territorial Knowledge dynamics and anchoring milieus in Europe," GRET Publications and Working Papers 08-11, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
  4. Thierry Theurillat & Olivier Crevoisier, 2012. "The Sustainability of a Financialized Urban Megaproject: The Case of Sihlcity in Zurich," GRET Publications and Working Papers 04-12, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
  5. Elisa Giuliani, 2005. "The Structure of Cluster Knowledge Networks Uneven, not Pervasive and Collective," DRUID Working Papers 05-11, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
  6. Heidenreich, Martin, 2005. "The renewal of regional capabilities: Experimental regionalism in Germany," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 739-757, June.
  7. Thierry Theurillat & José Corpataux & Olivier Crevoisier, 2010. "Property Sector Financialization: The Case of Swiss Pension Funds (1992–2005)," GRET Publications and Working Papers 01-10, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
  8. Ron A. Boschma & Anne L.W. ter Wal, 2006. "Knowledge networks and innovative performance in an industrial district. The case of a footwear district in the South of Italy," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 0601, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Jan 2006.
  9. Christian Livi & Pedro Araujo & Olivier Crevoisier, 2012. "Les territoires de l'innovation "durable": des milieux locaux à la communication "responsable". Les cas du photovoltaïque et de la finance durable en Suisse occidentale," GRET Publications and Working Papers 05-12, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
  10. Nedko Mintchev, 2007. "Clusters – Characteristics and Structure," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 4, pages 96-125.
  11. José Corpataux & Olivier Crevoisier, 2007. "Economic theories and spatial transformations clarifying the space-time premises and outcomes of economic theories," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 7(3), pages 285-309, May.

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