Title: Regional innovation systems in emerging economies: evidence of system failures for innovation

Authors: José Carlos Rodríguez; César L. Navarro-Chávez; Mario Gómez

Addresses: Economic and Business Research Institute, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Ciudad Universitaria, Edificio ININEE, Morelia, Mich., 58004, Mexico; Centre – Urbanisation Culture Société, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, 385, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal QC, H2X 1E3, Canada ' Economic and Business Research Institute, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Ciudad Universitaria, Edificio ININEE, Morelia, Mich., 58004, Mexico ' Economic and Business Research Institute, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Ciudad Universitaria, Edificio ININEE, Morelia, Mich., 58004, Mexico

Abstract: There remain several unexplored questions in relation to the analysis of regional innovation systems (RISs). This is the case, for example, about the nature of some types of system failures that avoid developing innovations in regional economies. In this case, system failures may hinder the operation and development of innovation systems as a whole, and thus opening up the possibility of a new policy rationale that replaces the neoclassical market failure concept. The objective of this paper is to discuss the role that might be played by science, technology and innovation (STI) policy when some types of system failures appear. Particularly, the possibility of finding these failures in emerging economies is evaluated as a consequence of immature innovation systems characterising these countries. In this paper, the case of the province of Michoacán in Mexico is evaluated.

Keywords: regional innovation systems; RISs; system failures; knowledge management; innovation management; science policy; technology policy; innovation policy; STI policy; complex adaptive systems; CAS; entrepreneurship; emerging economies; Mexico.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2014.064150

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2014 Vol.5 No.4/5, pp.384 - 404

Available online: 01 Aug 2014 *

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