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Title: The role of social innovation for a knowledge-based local development: insights from the literature review

Authors: Valentina Ndou; Giovanni Schiuma

Addresses: Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Italy, Via per Monteroni, sn, 73100, Lecce, Italy ' DiMIE, University of Basilicata, Italy, Viale dell'Ateneo Lucano, Potenza, 85100, Italy

Abstract: This paper presents a comprehensive structured literature review of papers published with a focus on 'social innovation for knowledge-based local development'. The papers published in journals in the range 1997-2019 are analysed to derive insights and implications about the role of social innovation for local development according to a knowledge-based perspective. The analysis of the literature highlights the lack of a homogenous investigation of the relationships between social innovation and knowledge-based local development. However, findings show the growing importance of the theme and underline some relevant research streams: 1) Dynamics of social innovation for territorial development; 2) Promoting participatory development processes for interactive learning, networking and knowledge exchange; and 3) The role of institutions to promote, sustain and develop knowledge-based territorial development systems. The paper concludes with a discussion of the open questions for future research.

Keywords: knowledge based development; structured literature review; social innovation; future research; networking and knowledge exchange; interactive learning; territorial development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2020.106841

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2020 Vol.11 No.1, pp.6 - 25

Received: 31 Jan 2020
Accepted: 08 Feb 2020

Published online: 14 Apr 2020 *

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