Understanding processes of path renewal and creation in thick specialized regional innovation systems. Evidence from two textile districts in Italy and Sweden
Cristina Chaminade (),
Marco Bellandi (),
Monica Plechero () and
Erica Santini ()
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Cristina Chaminade: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Marco Bellandi: University of Florence, Postal: Italy
Monica Plechero: University of Florence, Postal: Italy
Erica Santini: Fondazione per la Ricerca e l’Innovazione, Postal: Italy
No 2018/13, Papers in Innovation Studies from Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy
The type of regional innovation system (RIS) strongly affects possibilities of paths of industrial transformation. This paper argues that traditional manufacturing districts, corresponding to specialized RISs and characterised by various nuclei of specialization and know-how, may foster different trajectories in combination with extra-regional networks. In particular, the paper analyses the interplay between regional and national innovation systems, providing an overview of the effect that different multilevel dynamics have on local trajectories. The cases of the textile districts in Prato (Italy) and Borås (Sweden) show SRISs can display not only path extension but also path renewal and creation strategies.
Keywords: path development; regional innovation system; textile; knowledge nuclei; innovation policy; industrial district (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O19 O30 R11 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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