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Network Structures in Regional Innovation Systems

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  • Jérôme Stuck

    (1 Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, Leibniz University, Hanover, Germany)

  • Tom Broekel

    (Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, Leibniz University, Hanover, Germany)

  • Javier Revilla

    (Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, Cologne Germany)

Abstract

While interactive learning and inter-organisational relations are fundamental building blocks in RIS theory, the framework is rarely related to investigations of regional knowledge network structures, because in RIS literature relational structures and interaction networks are discussed in a rather fuzzy and generic manner with the ‘network term’ often being used rather metaphorically. This paper contributes to the literature by discussing theoretical arguments about interactions and knowledge exchange relations in the RIS literature from the perspective of social network analysis. More precise, it links network theoretical concepts and insights to the well-known classification of RIS types by Cooke (2004). We thereby exemplarily show how the RIS literature and the literature on regional knowledge networks can benefit from considering insights of the respective other.

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  • Jérôme Stuck & Tom Broekel & Javier Revilla, 2014. "Network Structures in Regional Innovation Systems," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2014-09, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
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    Keywords

    regional innovation system; network analysis; SNA; RIS;

    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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