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Innovation in a Regional Perspective: How Can a Process Approach to Inversion of Authority Enable Innovation?


  • Brink, Tove


The purpose of this article is to extend findings from the 2008 special issue of the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy on the knowledge economy, especially the notion claimed by Siggaard Jensen (2008) on ’inversion of authority’ elaborated according to the notion of innovation enhanced by Weick’s (1995) notion of ‘organizing’. The research aims to reveal how a process approach to organizing knowledge can enable innovation. A high-quality flow of knowledge is required for innovative processes. The case study reveals that organizing a variety of knowledge creates innovative enactment in firm networks. The findings provide a contribution to understanding the implication of a cross-disciplinary approach to innovation theory, and a practical contribution is provided for actually organizing innovative enactment. Moreover, regional policy can employ the organizing of knowledge for policy implications, enabling further innovation on the regional level. Further research has to be conducted for more thorough insight.

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  • Brink, Tove, 2011. "Innovation in a Regional Perspective: How Can a Process Approach to Inversion of Authority Enable Innovation?," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 41(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jrapmc:133341

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    1. Karen Polenske, 2004. "Competition, Collaboration and Cooperation: An Uneasy Triangle in Networks of Firms and Regions," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(9), pages 1029-1043.
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