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Green path development, asset modification and agency: towards a systemic integrative approach

Michaela Trippl, Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer, Alexandra Frangenheim, Arne Isaksen and Jan Ole Rypestøl

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

Abstract: Regions across the world are facing to an ever-increasing extent the pressure to find solutions to adverse environmental impacts of economic development. Tackling such challenges requires major restructuring efforts by nurturing new green growth paths and promoting green shifts in mature industries. The paper aims to explore conceptually and based on illustrative empirical examples from the literature how green restructuring unfolds in regions. We propose a systemic integrative approach that distinguishes between various types of green path development and links them to reconfiguration processes of innovation systems. Our framework elucidates how green restructuring and system transformation are related to various types of modifying the region’s asset base and provides insights into the role of agency at the firm and system level in bringing about such changes.

Keywords: green restructuring; new path development; innovation system reconfiguration; asset modification; firm level agency; system level agency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O33 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2019
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