First published in 1997, this volume originates from the fourth cycle of GREMI (Groupe de Recherche Européen sur les Milieux Innovateurs) research, focusing on territorial innovative processes and the competitive advantages of the complex socio-economic fabric of milieu innovateurs.
The book is divided into three parts. The first, written by the editors, deals specifically with the multi-faced dimensions of local development, placing particular emphasis on the role of territory in producing/reproducing learning processes, tacit/codified knowledge storage and government structures. The second part reports different case studies and their theoretical systematisation, carried out with the same methodology by some ten équipes working in ten different European countries. The last part is devoted to a more general view on the structural adjustment dynamics of innovative milieu, raising useful questions of strategy and policy.
Part 1: The Gremi Research Path. 1. The Multi-Faced Dimensions of Local Development. Alberto Bramanti and Remigio Ratti. Part 2: European Experiences. 2. Understanding Structural Changes and Laws of Motion of Milieux: A Study on North-Western Lombardy. Alberto Bramanti and Lanfranco Senn. 3. Structural Trajectories of Innovative Milieux: The Case of the Electronic Sector in Ticino. Siegfried Alberton and Rimigio Ratti. 4. Comparative Analysis of the Structural Development of Milieux: The Watch Industry in the Swiss and French Jura Arc. Denis Maillat, Gilles Léchot, Bruno Lecoq and Marc Pfister. 5. Footwear Production Systems in Italy: A Dynamic Comparative Analysis. Roverto Camagni and Robera Rabellotti. 6. The Dynamics of Local Firm Systems: The Case of the Spanish Shoe Industry. Antonio Vásquez-Barquero and Antonia Sáez-Cala. 7. A Complex-Systems Approach to Long-Term Adjustment and Transformation Processes: La Seine-Amot and la Plaine-Saint-Denis. Andrée Matteaccioli and Muriel Tabariés. 8. The Sophia-Antipolis Project or the Uncertain Creation of an Innovative Milieu. Christian Longhi and Michel Quéré. 9. Technopolis and Serendipity. The Adjustment Effects Created by Nancy-Brabois and ZIRST Technological Parks: A Comparison. Michel de Bernardy and Guy Loinger. 10. A Microscopic View on Spatial Innovation: The Case of the Netherlands. Marina van Geenhuizen. 11. Innovative Milieux: Detection and Quantification. Bernard Guesnier and Olivier Bouba-Olga. Part 3. Structural Adjustment Dynamics of Innovative Milieux: Elements of Strategies and Policies. 12. Dynamic and Structural Changes of Localised Productive Systems. Véronique Peyrache-Gadeu. 13. The Dynamics of Milieux: the Network Analysis Approach. Alberto Bramanti and Mario A. Maggioni. 14. The Problem of Innovative Milieux and Territorial Structural Adjustment Policies. Michel Quévit and Pascale Van Doren. 15. Policies for Dynamic Innovative Networks in Innovative Milieux. Dirk-Jan F. Kamann.
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