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Beyond the 'single path view': Inter-path relationships in regional contexts

Alexandra Frangenheim, Michaela Trippl and Camilla Chlebna

PEGIS from Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Abstract: Recurrent economic and financial crises, globalisation, digitalisation and climate change are posing major challenges for regional economies to constantly renew their industrial structures. Over the past few years much progress has been made in understanding how new path development unfolds in a regional context. However, most conceptualisations and empirical analyses to date have mainly been focused on one new path or path development activities in one nascent industry only. Potential relationships between emerging paths have been neglected and as a consequence little is known about how new paths shape each other’s evolution. This paper develops a framework to analyse the nature of relationships between multiple new regional growth paths. We suggest that paths are either linked or unlinked and we discuss the role of agency in shaping the relationship between linked paths to be either supportive, competitive or neutral towards each other. We conclude by discussing implications for policy and identifying avenues for future research.

Keywords: Inter-path relations; regional innovation systems; new path development; agency; innovation policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O33 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2018
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