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Methodological Diversity In The Study Of Innovation. The Place And Role Of Innovative Industrial Clusters Research Methodology

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  • Camelia Moraru

    (Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

  • Romana Emilia Cramarenco

    (Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Abstract

The evolution of the disciplines studying the innovation phenomenon (especially economics, European studies, geography and sociology) generated, in the last decades, an extended amount of theoretical approaches and methodologies aiming to foster the in-depth description of a complex reality. This paper presents a synthesis of the approaches used nowadays to describe the phenomenon of regional innovation in the context of economic competitiveness and proposes a mix of methods to be validated regarding innovative industrial clusters? analyses. A specific focus of the paper is on defining the role and importance of qualitative and quantitative mixed methodologies in investigating innovation at industrial cluster levels.

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  • Camelia Moraru & Romana Emilia Cramarenco, 2014. "Methodological Diversity In The Study Of Innovation. The Place And Role Of Innovative Industrial Clusters Research Methodology," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 8(1), pages 54-68, JUNE.
  • Handle: RePEc:rrs:journl:v:8:y:2014:i:1:p:54-68
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    Keywords

    competitiveness; regional development; innovative industrial clusters; in-depth case studies; multi-level methodologies;
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    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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