Title: Developing cross-border regional innovation systems with clean technology entrepreneurship: the case of Øresund

Authors: Peter Kiryushin; Bala Mulloth; Tatiana Iakovleva

Addresses: Department of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, h 1, b 46, 119991 Moscow, Russia ' Central European University (CEU) Business School, Frankel Leo ut 30-34, Office 312, H-1023 Budapest, Hungary ' Stavanger Business School, University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Norway

Abstract: Development of regional innovation system (RIS) and its role in regional development is a debated research topic. Most of the theoretical and empirical works are traditionally focused on RIS situated within a national context and applies institutional theory. Recently the application of RIS concept was debated in relation to cross-border settings. Extending this line of research, we aim to study the role of entrepreneurship in one particular industry - cleantech - in the development of a cross-border RIS using the example of Øresund, Swedish-Danish transnational region. Eighteen interviews with regional stakeholders related to academia, business and administration were conducted. Our findings reveal that in order for innovations in cleantech to be realised, the efforts of entrepreneurs are necessary to promote knowledge spillover from research institutes and 'locked' systems into business environments. Further, encouraging research-based innovations related to social sciences significantly extends the possibility of building robust RIS.

Keywords: regional innovation systems; RIS; cleantech; innovations; triple helix; entrepreneurship; cross-border cooperation; sustainable development; Øresund; regional development; sustainability; clean technology; knowledge spillover; social sciences; research-based innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2013.055237

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2013 Vol.5 No.2, pp.179 - 195

Received: 03 Dec 2012
Accepted: 06 Mar 2013

Published online: 02 Jul 2014 *

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