Title: Institutional structure and modes of governance in non-metropolitan innovation systems

Authors: David Doloreux, Steve Dionne, Dominic Lapointe

Addresses: School of Management, University of Ottawa, 136 rue Jean-Jacques Lussier, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5, Canada. ' Centre de Recherche sur le Developpement Territorial, Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, 300 allee des Ursulines, Rimouski, Quebec G5L 3A1, Canada. ' Department of Human Sciences, Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, 300 allee des Ursulines, Rimouski, Quebec G5L 3A1, Canada

Abstract: Current studies on innovation in the context of economic development usually focus on highly urbanised metropolitan areas which have attained exceptional levels of prosperity with the presence of strong associative organisations, intensive sharing of knowledge and an important number of firms belonging to high-tech sectors or recognised for their strong creativity. The aim of this study is to expand some aspects of research on this subject, looking more closely at the role of local institutions in endogenous dynamics of development and the mechanisms inherent to small scale innovation systems in non-metropolitan regions. The comparative analysis is focused on the regions of La Pocatiere and Olds in Canada, Aurillac in France and Gembloux in Belgium.

Keywords: regional innovation systems; non-metropolitan regions; institutions; governance; Canada; France; Belgium; innovation management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2007.012891

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2007 Vol.7 No.2/3/4/5, pp.405 - 423

Published online: 21 Mar 2007 *

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