Title: The creation of Regional Innovation Systems in emerging countries: the case of Dubai

Authors: Marco Ferretti, Adele Parmentola

Addresses: Department of Management, Universita Parthenope, Via Medina 40, 80133 Napoli, Italy. ' Department of Management, Universita Parthenope, Via Medina 40, 80133 Napoli, Italy

Abstract: In recent years, the concept of the Regional Innovation System (RIS) has been developed. It is defined as the social system which involves interactions among different actors in a systematic way. Such interactions increase and enhance the localised learning capabilities of a region. Researchers and policymakers often do not have a clear idea about what the RIS is and what the policies are that should be implemented to create it. In the state-of-the-art literature there is often ambiguity in the use and definition of the RIS concept and the definitions regarding other local systems. Given this, the aim of this paper is to build a model that will give a narrow definition of RIS and identify the trajectories of its development. The model has been verified analysing the policies adopted for the development of an RIS in the Dubai area.

Keywords: local systems; regional innovation systems; RIS model; emerging countries; Dubai; learning capabilities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGSB.2007.015479

International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 2007 Vol.2 No.2, pp.137 - 165

Available online: 19 Oct 2007 *

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