Title: Competencies, knowledge and capabilities based on natural resources in Southern Chile

Authors: Tomas Gabriel Bas

Addresses: Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Av. Diagonal las Torres 2700, Building 'C', Peñalolen, Santiago, Chile

Abstract: The implication of competencies, scientific knowledge and technological capability in the Southern Chilean Region (SCR) is explored in this paper. Therefore, we propose establish patterns of development that can help improve the innovative capacity in the region using natural resources. We present the theory on building capacities and knowledge, followed by an analysis of emergence and development of the sectors identified as most economically dynamic in the SCR: salmon, mussels and berries. We use a macro-regional grouping, as strategic sectors of the regions that are similar and that allow comparison. The Rios and Lagos regions are the most representative in the economic sphere, where the salmon industry is the largest contributor in terms of growth and employment generation. We analyse the dynamic sectors that have largely contributed to the advancement of the region in terms of innovation by scientific knowledge and competencies. Finally, we explore the patterns to make possible its growth or not.

Keywords: competencies; regions; natural resources; scientific knowledge; technological capabilities; Southern Chilean Region; Los Rios Region; Los Lagos Region; Aysen Region; Magallanes Region; development patterns; Chile; innovative capacity; innovation; economically dynamic sectors; salmon farming; aquaculture; fish; mussels; mussel production; berries; blueberries; cranberries; blueberry production; cranberry production; macro-regional groupings; strategic sectors; economic growth; employment generation; dynamic sectors; learning; intellectual capital; clusters; high technology industries.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2012.049613

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2012 Vol.9 No.4, pp.351 - 366

Published online: 10 Oct 2012 *

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