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Regional Innovation Systems: A Critical Synthesis

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  • Parto, Saeed

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    (United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies)

  • Doloreux, David
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    In recent years, the concept of Regional Innovation Systems has evolved into a widely used analytical framework generating the empirical foundation for innovation policy making. Yet, the approaches utilizing this framework remain ambiguous on such key issues as the territorial dimension of innovation, e.g., the region, and the apparently important role played by "institutions" or the institutional context in the emergence and sustenance of regional innovation systems. This paper reviews and summarizes the most important ideas and arguments of the recent theorizing on regional innovation systems to provide the basis for a critical examination of such issues as (1) definition confusion and empirical validation; (2) the territorial dimension of regional innovation systems; and (3) the role of institutions. Far from having the last word on these issues, our intent in this paper is to draw attention to the definitional deficiencies of regional system of innovation theorizing and the need to address them

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    Paper provided by United Nations University - INTECH in its series UNU-INTECH Discussion Paper Series with number 17.

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    Keywords: innovation systems; institutions; regionalisation; regions; research; policy;

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