1st Edition

Innovation Networks and Learning Regions?

By James Simme Copyright 1997
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    by Routledge

    Innovation, Networks and Learning Regions? address key issues of understanding in contemporary economic geography and local economic policy making in cities and regions in the advanced economies.
    Developing the idea that innovation is the primary driving force behind economic change and growth, the international range of contributors stress the importance of knowledge and information as the 'raw materials' of innovation. They examine the ways in which these elements may be acquired and linked through networks, and demonstrate that there are empirical examples of innovative areas which do not have highly developed networks yet appear to be relatively successful in terms of local economic growth. In so doing, they raise crucial questions about the ways in which regions or localities might be described as truly 'learning' areas, and about the sustainability of future economic and quality of life success based on innovation and high-technology.

    Part 1 Introduction; Chapter 1 Origins, Structure and Contents, James Simmie; Part 2 Core Metropolitan Regions; Chapter 2 The Origins and Characteristics of Innovation in Highly Innovative Areas, James Simmie; Chapter 3 The Financial and Entreprenuerial Characteristics of Innovative Small Firms in Contrasting Regional Environments of the UK, Pooran Wynarczyk, Alfred Thwaites, Peter Wynarczyk; Chapter 4 Technopolitan Spaces in the Greater Paris Region and the International Restructuring of Firms, Jeanine Cohen; Chapter 5 What Comprises a Regional Innovation System?, Heidi Wiig, Michelle Wood; Part 3 Peripheral Regions; Chapter 6 Competitiveness and the Global Region, Robert Huggins; Chapter 7 The Emerging Shape and Form of Innovation Networks and Institutions, Andy Pratt; Chapter 8 The Japanese Technopolis Strategy, Sang-Chul Park; Chapter 9 New Industrial Spaces and National Technology Policies, Rolf Sternberg; Part 4 Technology Transfer; Chapter 10 After Technopoles, NicKomninos; Chapter 11 Local Economic Development Strategies and Information and Communication Technologies, Keith Tanner, David Gibbs; Chapter 12 National Laboratories and Regional Development, Helen Lawton Smith; Part 5 Conclusions; Chapter 13 Summary and Conclusions, James Simmie;


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