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Contextualizing system agency in new path development: What factors shape regional reconfiguration capacity?

Johan Miörner

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

Abstract: This paper examines factors shaping the reconfiguration capacity of regional innovation systems (RIS). The concept of ‘system selectivity’ is introduced, referring to factors such as regional imaginaries, power relations and directionality shaping how RIS reconfiguration plays out. The conceptual arguments are illustrated with a comparative case study of industrial change in two Swedish regions (automotive industry in West Sweden and digital games industry in Scania). The findings confirm the influence of system selectivity on agents’ formulation of strategies for RIS reconfiguration and highlight the importance of considering structure-agency dynamics to move beyond the stylized view enabling or constraining RISs.

Keywords: system agency; new path development; regional innovation system; reconfiguration capacity; digital games; self-driving cars (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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