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Social capital in building regional innovative capability

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  • Tomi Tura
  • Vesa Harmaakorpi

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Tura T. and Harmaakorpi V. (2005) Social capital in building regional innovative capability, Regional Studies 39 , 1111-1125. The paper focuses on the relation of social capital and regional innovative capability. It examines the social nature of the innovative processes placing demands on the regional innovation environment and underlining the importance of social capital. The paper analyses the concept of social capital and problems connected to it. It introduces a conception of social capital defining it functionally as a field-specific social resource of an actor. This conception is applied to analyse social capital as a central element in enhancing regional innovative capability. The relation between social capital and innovation capability is not, however, without problems. This still controversial relation is discussed.

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  • Tomi Tura & Vesa Harmaakorpi, 2005. "Social capital in building regional innovative capability," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(8), pages 1111-1125.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:39:y:2005:i:8:p:1111-1125 DOI: 10.1080/00343400500328255
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    1. Robert Stimson & John Western & Scott Baum & Yolanda Van Gellecum, 2003. "Measuring Community Strength and Social Capital," ERSA conference papers ersa03p521, European Regional Science Association.
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    2. Anne Paalanen & Vesa Harmaakorpi & Timo Pihkala, 2006. "Absorptive Capacity in Practice-Based Innovation Activities: the Case of Lahti Region, Finland," ERSA conference papers ersa06p347, European Regional Science Association.
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    Keywords

    Social capital; Regional innovative capability; Innovation; Valeur de l'interaction sociale; Capacite d'innovation regionale; Innovation; Sozialkapital; regionale Innovationsfahigkeit; Innovation; Capital social; Capacidad innovadora de las regiones; Innovacion; JEL classifications: O18; O31; R11; Z13;

    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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