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METHODOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN THE STUDY OF INNOVATION. THE PLACE AND ROLE OF INNOVATIVE INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Camelia Moraru () and Romana Emilia Cramarenco
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Camelia Moraru: Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Romana Emilia Cramarenco: Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Romanian Journal of Regional Science, 2014, vol. 8, issue 1, 54-68

Abstract: The evolution of the disciplines studying the innovation phenomenon (especially economics, European studies, geography and sociology) generated, in the last decades, an extended amount of theoretical approaches and methodologies aiming to foster the in-depth description of a complex reality. This paper presents a synthesis of the approaches used nowadays to describe the phenomenon of regional innovation in the context of economic competitiveness and proposes a mix of methods to be validated regarding innovative industrial clusters? analyses. A specific focus of the paper is on defining the role and importance of qualitative and quantitative mixed methodologies in investigating innovation at industrial cluster levels.

Keywords: competitiveness; regional development; innovative industrial clusters; in-depth case studies; multi-level methodologies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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