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Place-based innovation policy for industrial diversification in regions


  • Markus Grillitsch
  • Bjørn Asheim


New industrial innovation policies like smart specialization aim at boosting economic growth by diversification towards more complex and higher value economic activities. This paper proposes a conceptual and analytical framework to support the design and implementation of such policies considering place-specific preconditions, particularly the differentiation of the regional system of innovation and entrepreneurship and the degree of current industrial diversification. The paper expands on the links between these preconditions and the barriers and opportunities for industrial diversification. Consequently, it proposes an archetypical place-based policy framework covering overall policy objectives as well as measures at the level of actors, networks, and the institutional and organizational support structures.

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  • Markus Grillitsch & Bjørn Asheim, 2018. "Place-based innovation policy for industrial diversification in regions," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(8), pages 1638-1662, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurpls:v:26:y:2018:i:8:p:1638-1662
    DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2018.1484892

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    1. Grillitsch, Markus & Hansen, Teis, 2018. "Green industrial path development in different types of regions," Papers in Innovation Studies 2018/11, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    2. Jolly, Suyash & Grillitsch, Markus & Hansen, Teis, 2019. "Agency in regional path development: Towards a bio-economy in Värmland, Sweden," Papers in Innovation Studies 2019/7, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.

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