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Territorial patterns of innovation: a taxonomy of innovative regions in Europe

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  • Roberta Capello

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  • Camilla Lenzi

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The recent policy approach to innovation calls for thematically/regionally focused innovation policies in line with the place-based approach (EC – Commission of the European Communities, 2010 ). To achieve this goal, without incurring the unrealistic situation of having one policy action for each European region, a sound taxonomy on innovative European regions is required. The present paper claims that the existing taxonomies are somewhat unsatisfactory, since either they group European regions only on the basis of the intensity of their knowledge production, taking it for granted that knowledge equates to innovation, or they lack a priori on the conceptual links among the variables used, and the territorial conditions behind local innovation modes. The paper presents a territorial taxonomy of innovative regions based on a new conceptual approach which interprets, not one single phase of the innovation process, but the alternative modes of performing the different phases of the innovation process, highlighting the context conditions that accompany each “territorial pattern of innovation.” The paper conceptually derives different territorial patterns of innovation and identifies them empirically for European regions. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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  • Roberta Capello & Camilla Lenzi, 2013. "Territorial patterns of innovation: a taxonomy of innovative regions in Europe," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 51(1), pages 119-154, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:51:y:2013:i:1:p:119-154 DOI: 10.1007/s00168-012-0539-8
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    1. Miroslav Sipikal, 2013. "Tailoring Innovation Policies to Sectors and Regions – The Case of Slovakia," DANUBE: Law and Economics Review, European Association Comenius - EACO, issue 4, pages 277-291, December.
    2. Prause Gunnar, 2014. "Smart Specialization and EU Eastern Innovation Cooperation: A Conceptual Approach," Baltic Journal of European Studies, De Gruyter Open, vol. 4(1), pages 1-17, June.
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    4. Matthias Siller & Christoph Hauser & Janette Walde & Gottfried Tappeiner, 2015. "Measuring regional innovation in one dimension: More lost than gained?," Working Papers 2015-14, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck.
    5. Roberto Camagni & Roberta Capello & Camilla Lenzi, 2014. "A Territorial Taxonomy of Innovative Regions and the European Regional Policy Reform: Smart Innovation Policies," SCIENZE REGIONALI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2014(1), pages 69-105.
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    7. Iréne Bernhard, 2016. "Innovation focusing on regional development in a European context - towards a new research agenda," International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 7(1), pages 1-19.

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    R10; R11;

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    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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