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Regional Competitive Intelligence: Benchmarking and Policy-making


  • Robert Huggins


Huggins R. Regional competitive intelligence: benchmarking and policy-making, Regional Studies. Benchmarking exercises have become increasingly popular within the sphere of regional policy-making. This paper analyses the concept of regional benchmarking and its links with regional policy-making processes. It develops a typology of regional benchmarking exercises and benchmarkers, and critically reviews the literature. It is argued that critics of regional benchmarking fail to take account of the variety and development of regional benchmarking systems. It is suggested that while benchmarking exercises are informing policy adaptation and innovation, they have been constrained by political and financial factors. It is concluded that regional benchmarking is facilitating the heightened regional interaction necessitated by globalization. [image omitted] Huggins R. L'intelligence competitive regionale: la fixation des points de reference et les decisions politiques, Regional Studies. Dans le domaine des decisions quant a la politique regionale, la fixation des points de reference est devenue de plus en plus populaire. Cet article cherche a analyser la notion de fixation des points de reference et ses liens avec les decisions quant a la politique regionale. On developpe une typologie d'exercices pour ce qui est de la fixation des points de reference regionaux et de ceux qui les fixent, et fait la critique de la documentation. On affirme que les critiques de la fixation des points de reference ne tiennent compte ni de la diversite, ni du developpement des systemes de fixation des points de reference. On laisse supposer que les exercices de fixation des points de reference ont ete limitees par des forces a la fois politiques et financieres, tandis qu'elles contribuent a l'adaptation at a l'innovation des politiques. On conclut que la fixation des points de reference favorise une interaction regionale plus grande pour affronter la mondialisation. Fixation des points de reference Decisions politiques Apprentissage Competitivite Innovation Huggins R. Regionale Wettbewerbsinformationen: Benchmarking und Politik, Regional Studies. Im Bereich der Regionalpolitik erfreuen sich Benchmarking-Untersuchungen wachsender Beliebtheit. In diesem Beitrag werden das Konzept des regionalen Benchmarking sowie seine Verbindungen mit den regionalpolitischen Gestaltungsprozessen analysiert. Ich entwickle eine Typologie der regionalen Benchmarking-Untersuchungen und Benchmarker und unterziehe die Literatur einer kritischen Uberprufung. Ich argumentiere, dass die Kritiker des regionalen Benchmarking nicht die Vielfalt und Entwicklung der regionalen Benchmarking-Systeme berucksichtigen. Ich behaupte, dass sich Benchmarking-Untersuchungen zwar auf die Anpassung und Innovation der Politik auswirken, doch zugleich durch politische und finanzielle Faktoren eingeschrankt werden. Mein Fazit lautet, dass regionales Benchmarking durch die verstarkten regionalen Wechselwirkungen begunstigt wird, die aufgrund der Globalisierung notig geworden sind. Benchmarking Politik Lernen Konkurrenzfahigkeit Innovation Huggins R. Inteligencia competitiva regional: analisis comparativo y diseno de politicas, Regional Studies. Los analisis comparativos son cada vez mas populares en el campo del diseno de politicas regionales. En este articulo analizo el concepto del analisis comparativo regional y sus vinculos con los procesos para disenar politicas regionales. Desarrollo una tipologia para los analisis comparativos regionales y comparadores, y desde un punto de visto critico evaluo la literatura. Sostengo que los criticos del analisis comparativo regional no tienen en cuenta la variedad y el desarrollo de los sistemas comparativos regionales. Sugiero que si bien los analisis comparativos informan sobre la adaptacion e innovacion de politicas, estan limitados por factores politicos y financieros. Para terminar sostengo que el analisis comparativo regional facilita una intensa interaccion regional que es necesaria para la globalizacion. Analisis comparativo Diseno de politicas Aprendizaje Competitividad Innovacion

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  • Robert Huggins, 2010. "Regional Competitive Intelligence: Benchmarking and Policy-making," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(5), pages 639-658.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:44:y:2010:i:5:p:639-658
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400802331312

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