Coffee Break With Researchers -Arne Isaksen: Industrial development in thin regions

Industrial development in thin regions: trapped in path extension?  Abstract Recent theorizing of path dependence supplements the traditional view of regional path-dependent industrial development characterized by lock-in effects with paths dealing with change, that is, path renewal and path creation. Few studies, however, examine why different types of regions experience diverse path-dependent development. This article […]

Coffee Break With Researchers -Pedro Marques: Spaces of novelty

Spaces of novelty: Can universities play a catalytic role in less developed regions?  Abstract Over the past few decades, universities have been asked to become ever more involved in the development of their regions and countries, through knowledge dissemination, contribution to policy debates or even by becoming leaders in stakeholder coalitions. However, as has been […]

Coffee Break With Researchers -Franz Tödtling: Combinatorial Knowledge and Innovation Performance

Does combinatorial knowledge lead to a better innovation performance of firms? The knowledge base concept in the past was often applied in its “pure form”, i.e. it was assumed that there are dominant knowledge bases in particular sectors and firms shaping knowledge and innovation processes and related networks. For “analytical sectors” such as biotech, it […]

Coffee Break With Researchers – Markku Sotarauta: Smart specialization and place leadership

The concept of smart specialization has rapidly acquired a central position in European policy and academic circles. It raises interesting challenges for the regional studies agenda. First, smart specialization is about not only policy formulation, implementation and evaluation but also pooling scattered resources, competencies and powers to serve both shared and individual ambitions. Thus, policy […]

Coffee Break with Researchers – Stuart Dawley: Strategic couplings in global production networks.

This article aims to unpack and analyse the institutional and political dynamics of strategic coupling from a host region perspective, adopting an actor-centred approach that focuses on regional institutions’ efforts to attract and embed lead firm investments within global production networks. We are particularly concerned with understanding the strategic agency and shifting coalitions of actors […]