Title: Constructing knowledge-based regional advantage: implications for regional innovation policy

Authors: Bjorn Asheim, Lars Coenen, Jerker Moodysson, Jan Vang

Addresses: Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Solvegatan 10, Lund SE 223 62, Sweden; Department for Social and Economic Geography, Lund University, Solvegatan 10, Lund SE 223 62, Sweden. ' Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Solvegatan 10, Lund SE 223 62, Sweden; Department for Social and Economic Geography, Lund University, Solvegatan 10, Lund SE 223 62, Sweden. ' Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Solvegatan 10, Lund SE 223 62, Sweden; Department for Social and Economic Geography, Lund University, Solvegatan 10, Lund SE 223 62, Sweden. ' Copenhagen Institute of Technology, Aalborg University, Lautrupvang 15, Ballerup 2750, Copenhagen, Denmark

Abstract: A focus on constructing regional advantage requires an |unpacking| of what makes territorial agglomerations important for innovation and competitiveness by disclosing and revealing the contingencies, particularities and specificities of the various contexts and environments where knowledge creation, innovation and entrepreneurship take place. In order to achieve more effective regional innovation policy, this paper presents and discusses three dimensions along which such unpacking can take place. These dimensions refer to (1) specific industrial knowledge bases, (2) globally distributed knowledge networks and (3) different territorial competence bases.

Keywords: innovation policy; regional innovation; innovation systems; RIS; economic geography; constructed advantage; innovation management; entrepreneurship; knowledge creation; knowledge networks; territorial competence.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2007.012879

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2007 Vol.7 No.2/3/4/5, pp.140 - 155

Published online: 21 Mar 2007 *

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