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Putting Constructed Regional Advantage into Swedish Practice?. The case of the VINNVÄXT initiative 'Food Innovation at Interfaces'

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This paper presents a study of the pre-history and evolution of a regional innovation system initiative supporting activities at the intersection of traditional food production and modern biotechnology. Drawing on established ideas on the triple helix of industry, university and government and its impact on innovative capacity (as they are formulated in the regional innovation systems approach) and more recently introduced ideas on 'differentiated industrial knowledge bases', the study illustrates how the VINNVÄXT initiative 'Food Innovation at Interfaces' has been formulated and implemented in close dialogue with the actors and activities constituting the system under support. The initiative is thereby a good example of pro-active and fine-tuned regional innovation policy which is referred to as 'constructed regional advantage'. By focusing on a policy initiative targeting the renewal of a mature industry in a declining phase of its life cycle, the paper fills a gap in the literature which so far has dealt mostly with emerging industries at the start of their life cycle. Two detailed cases of food innovation 'at interfaces' are used to illustrate the arguments.

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  • Coenen, Lars & Moodysson, Jerker, 2008. "Putting Constructed Regional Advantage into Swedish Practice?. The case of the VINNVÄXT initiative 'Food Innovation at Interfaces'," Papers in Innovation Studies 2008/11, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
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    1. Todtling, Franz & Trippl, Michaela, 2005. "One size fits all?: Towards a differentiated regional innovation policy approach," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(8), pages 1203-1219, October.
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    Keywords

    Regional Innovation System; biotechnology; knowledge bases; regional innovation policy;

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    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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