Cooperation, Networks and Institutions in Regional Innovation Systems

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Fornahl and Brenner, research associates at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems, Germany, examine the role of cooperation, networks, and institutions in the emergence of local clusters. They address the topic from empirical, theoretical, and political perspectives, highlighting the local mechanisms which are involved in the development of innovation systems, and present case studies which stress the influence of networks and local institutions. They also discuss the design and potential of policy measures to promote regional development. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840649833
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 362

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
1 Introduction: Towards a Political Perspective and Unifying Concept 1
2 Local Culture and Regional Innovation Networks: Some Propositions 15
3 Entrepreneurial Activities in a Regional Context 38
4 The Role of Trust and Power in the Institutional Regulation of Territorial Business Systems 58
5 Cognitive Coordination, Institutions and Clusters: An Exploratory Discussion 82
6 Problems and Solutions in Knowledge Transfer 105
7 Learning Pathologies in Losing Areas: Towards a Definition of the Cognitive Obstacles to Local Development 128
8 On the Unit of Analysis in the Study of Networks 149
9 Is Nanjing's Concentration of IT Companies an Innovative Cluster? 173
10 TV Content Production in Media Regions: The Necessities and Difficulties of Public Policy Support for a Project-based Industry 194
11 How Many Networks in a Local Cluster? Textile Machine Production and Innovation in Brescia 220
12 'Lock-in' of Regional Clusters: The Case of Offshore Engineering in the Oslo Region 247
13 Entrepreneurship Stimulation in Regional Innovation Systems - Public Promotion of University-based Start-ups in Germany 277
14 Cooperation and Knowledge-pooling in Clusters: Designing Territorial Competitiveness Policies 303
15 Policy Measures to Support the Emergence of Localised Industrial Clusters 325
Index 351
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