Quotation Grillitsch, Markus , Rekers, Josephine V., Tödtling, Franz. 2019. When drivers of clusters shift scale from local towards global: What remains for regional innovation policy? Geoforum. 102 57-68.


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Industries and regional economies evolve as a result of the interplay between local and non-local factors. Increasing globalization of both production- and innovation activities implies a shift in the relevant scales of interaction from the local towards the global level. This paper is concerned with the implications of such scale shifts for the role of the region and for cluster-related regional policies. It examines what is left of the role of regional settings in fostering economic development when extra-regional drivers of change increase in importance. We investigate this crucial question with two in-depth case studies of the medical technologies sector, in which such scale shifts have been particularly pronounced. Our findings from empirical material collected in Scania/Sweden and Vienna/Austria illustrate the ways in which changes in national and supra-national regulatory frameworks have had a profound impact on the innovation activities of individual firms and the way to develop and launch new products, and subsequently on the regions in which they cluster. Such scale-shifts have, on the one hand, limited the potential for regional policy to shape the cluster’s path through support for supply-side factors. Yet some critical assets remain local but are increasingly difficult to access. By addressing such barriers to access, regional policy can still strongly affect the opportunities for innovation. Furthermore, in an increasingly open industry system, we see an expanded role for regional policy in supporting firms to access critical assets and sources of innovation found external to the region.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Geoforum
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title When drivers of clusters shift scale from local towards global: What remains for regional innovation policy?
Volume 102
Year 2019
Page from 57
Page to 68
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.03.010
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.03.010
Open Access N

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Cluster life cycles – The role of actors, networks and institutions in emerging, growing, declining and renewing clusters
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Tödtling, Franz (Details)
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Grillitsch, Markus (Lund University, Sweden)
Rekers, Josephine V. (Lund University, Sweden)
Organization
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5329 Economics of location (Details)
5331 Structural policy (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
5606 Spatial research (Details)
5608 Regional development planning (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
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