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Eriksson, Marie-Louise
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Eriksson, M.-L. (2005). Organising Regional Innovation Support: Sweden's Industrial Development Centres as Regional Development Coalitions. (Doctoral dissertation). Linköping: Linköpings universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organising Regional Innovation Support: Sweden's Industrial Development Centres as Regional Development Coalitions
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This PhD dissertation examines the issues of institutional and policy learning often referred to in discussions about innovation policy in the literature on economic geography of innovation, systems of innovation, and learning regions. A central argument is that in order to enhance OUTknowledge of this learning dimension in innovation policy we need to focus on the level at which much innovation policy is organised and implemented, i.e. the organisationai leve!. Thus, this study focuses on the development of innovation support organisations (ISOs) based on partnerships among regional aetors, inc\uding both private and public ones.

Theoretically, the study focuses on the concept of (regional) development coalitions. This concept is elaborated and explored through the development of an analytical model focusing on the organisational learning capabilities of ISOs. The model focuses on these organisations' knowledge, communication, and action capabilities and seeks to deterrnine whether they will support adaptive or developmental learning. The analysis thus leads to an assessment of whether the ISOs are able to provide for present and future needs of the regional fmns and thereby the ISOs' potential to develop and transforrn the regional economy. The analysis also seeks to explain the specific character of the organisational capabilities that parti cul ar ISOs have developed. Here, a distinction has been made between internaI factors, inc\uding organisationai strategy, organisationai structure, and organisationaI culture, and external factors, encompassing the power structures prevalent in the industriaI structure of the region and reflected in both its industriaI culture and its industrial policy traditions. The national institutionai framework goveming the ISOs is also discussed.

Empirically, the study deals with Sweden's Industrial Development Centres (IDCs). An indepth examination of two cases shows that the development of these innovation support organisations is influenced to a large extent by their regional socio-cultural and institutional contexts. However, the findings also indicate that innovation support organisations like the IDCs can, under certain conditions, develop reflexive learning capabilities that will enable them to counteract regional and organisationaI path dependencies that might otherwise lead to the 'lock-in' of aiready established trajectories in tecbnological and economic development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2005. p. 339 + appendices 1-3
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 326
lnnovation support organisations, lnnovation policy, Learning organisations, Development coalitions, Partnership, Organisationai capabilities, Economic geography of innovation, Learning regions, Socio-cultural and institutional context, Path-dependency, Sweden, Finspång, Gnosjö, Tekniska innovationer, regional utveckling, regionalpolitik, innovation, Sverige
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-28446 (URN)13592 (Local ID)91-85299-50-2 (ISBN)13592 (Archive number)13592 (OAI)
Public defence
2005-05-26, Elysion, Hus T, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Edquist, C., Eriksson, M.-L. & Sjogren, H. (2002). Characteristics of collaboration in product innovation in the regional system of innovation of East Gothia. European Planning Studies, 10(5), 563-582
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characteristics of collaboration in product innovation in the regional system of innovation of East Gothia
2002 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 10, no 5, p. 563-582Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The focus of this article is on product innovations introduced by firms (establishments) and the collaborations they enter into with other firms and organizations in carrying out this activity. The theoretical framework combines innovation theories with the literature on regional innovation systems and the knowledge-based economy. Empirically we have investigated characteristics of collaboration among manufacturing establishments in the region of East Gothia in Sweden, with specific focus on the number of employees involved in the innovation projects, mechanisms of knowledge transfer between organizations, as well as financing and patenting in relation to product innovations.

National Category
Social Sciences
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46929 (URN)10.1080/09654310220145332 (DOI)
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2017-12-13

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