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Universities and Smart Specialisation: challenges, tensions and opportunities for the innovation strategies of european regions

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  • John Goddard

    (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies)

  • Louise Kempton

    (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies)

  • Paul Vallance

    (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies)

Abstract

This paper suggests that the core principles contained in the Smart Specialisation concept represent a set of challenges, tensions and opportunities for the position of universities in regional innovation strategies. These potential issues are discussed focusing on three particular elements of Smart Specialisation: the collective ‘entrepreneurial process of discovery’; the increased focus on specific areas of R&D and innovation specialisation within a regional economy that can generate distinctive competitive advantage; and the greater interest in trans-regional links and the relationship between territories in the European Union with different specialisations in the development and application of new technologies. The paper also identifies possible future barriers to the engagement of universities with regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.

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  • John Goddard & Louise Kempton & Paul Vallance, 2013. "Universities and Smart Specialisation: challenges, tensions and opportunities for the innovation strategies of european regions," EKONOMIAZ. Revista vasca de Economía, Gobierno Vasco / Eusko Jaurlaritza / Basque Government, vol. 83(02), pages 83-102.
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    1. John Edwards & Elisabetta Marinelli & Eskarne Arregui Pabollet & Louise Kempton, 2017. "Higher Education for Smart Specialisation Towards strategic partnerships for innovation," JRC Working Papers JRC109780, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
    2. Jesús María Valdaliso, 2015. "Pertenencia a clústeres y comportamiento competitivo de las empresas: un estudio de seis asociaciones-clúster en el País Vasco," Working Papers 2015R02, Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness.
    3. James R. Wilson & Mari Jose Aranguren & Mikel Navarro, 2015. "From Plan to Process: Exploring the Leadership Implications of RIS3," Working Papers 2015R01, Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness.

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    Keywords

    Universities; regional innovation policy; Smart Specialisation;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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