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Regional Development in the Knowledge Economy

1st Edition

Edited by Philip Cooke, Andrea Piccaluga


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International contributors provide the first examination of the growing subject of regional knowledge-economy development.

Illustrated by data and 'stylized' accounts, the international contributors chart the evolution of knowledge economies, questioning the way in which they work and criticize accepted theories and inform how places can cope in the knowledge economy.

Based in concept on Cooke's Knowledge Economies (Routledge, 2002), Regional Development in the Knowledge Economy is a well-grounded work exploring this increasingly important theme with relevance to innovation systems and related economic development literature.


'The book is written in "academic" but as editor Philip Cooke says, it raises good questions for policy-makers.' – Public

"[This] book deserves to be well consulted by academics and policy-makers." - Regional Studies

Table of Contents

Regional Development in the Knowledge Economy

Philip Cooke & Andrea Piccaluga

Chapter 1: Introduction: Regional Asymmetries, Knowledge Categories & Innovation Intermediation.

Philip Cooke (Cardiff University)

Chapter 2: Localised Knowledge Spillovers: The key to innovativeness in industrial clusters?

Marjolein Caniëls (OU, Netherlands) & Henry Romijn (TU, Eindhoven)

Chapter 3: Knowledge-Intensive Industries and Regional Development: the Case of the Software Industry in Norway Arne Isaksen (STEP Group, Oslo)

Chapter 4:The impact of geography on the innovative productivity of software firm in the Netherlands

Anet Weterings and Ron Boschma (University of Utrecht)

Chapter 5: Constructing Regional Innovation Systems through a Triple Helix: Lessons and Inspiration from the Northern Hemisphere Bjorn Asheim & Lars Coenen (University of Lund)

Chapter 6: Sourcing of market knowledge in biotechnology. Maija Renko (University of Turku)

Chapter 7: Knowledge access at distance: strategies and practices of new biotechnology firms in emerging locations. Margarida Fontes (INETI / DMS, Lisbon)


Chapter 9: Economic growth in emerging knowledge intensive areas: the high-tech cluster in Pisa.

Alberto Di Minin, Michela Lazzeroni, Andrea Piccaluga (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa)

Chapter 10: An emerging ICT cluster in a marginal region: the Sardinian experience

Luca Ferrucci and Daniele Porcheddu (University of Perugia, University of Sassari)

Chapter 11: Cooperation networks and regional development: case of multisectoral partnership for innovation. Jorge de Carvalho ALVES, Irina Adriana SAUR, Maria José MARQUES (University of Aveiro)

Chapter 12: The new knowledge regions: from simple to complex innovation theory. Lars Qvortrup (University of South Denmark, Odense)

Chapter 13: Conclusions. Variety and miracles for successful regional innovation policies:

from "copy and paste" to "copy and paste special’’.

Andrea Piccaluga (University of Lecce & Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa)

About the Editors

Philip Cooke is University Research Professor in Regional Development and founding Director (1993) of the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff. His research interests lie in studies of Economics of Biotechnology, Regional Innovation Systems, Knowledge Economies, and Policy Actions for Business Clusters and Networks.

Andrea Piccaluga is Professor of Business Administration and Innovation Management at the Sant'Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy. He is also scientific director of the SIAF Management School in Volterra (Pisa). His research interests include R&D management in private and public organizations and knowledge-based regional development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban