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Measuring impact from policy interventions: A theoretical and practical framework depicting structural change
CIIR - Centre for Interorganisational Innovation Research, Luleå University of Technology Luleå, Sweden.
Ledningskonsult M Tham AB, Djursholm, Sweden.
Oxford Research AB, Stockholm, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5960-9270
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, ISSN 1753-0660, Vol. 5, no 6, 481-499 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To develop dynamic regions characterized by business and industry generating meaningful jobs, an innovative climate building an attractive region, and infrastructure and a social welfare system enabling inhabitants to live “the good life” is the wet dream for most ambitious regions. Policy interventions generating development programs on local, regional, national and supra-national levels have been a standard prescription to secure the regional impact not always delivered by an unbridled market economy. The EU Structural Funds is one example of these kinds of policy-initiated measures designed to achieve functional structural change.....In order to address these questions, we have developed and tested a framework for measuring structural change initiated by policy interventions such as the EU Structural Funds. The framework builds upon previous research in different fields such as economics, regional science, sociology, economic history, entrepreneurship and innovation system research. The framework highlights six factors depicted as critical for understanding structural change and policy interventions aiming to stimulate such a change: (1) Changing the structure of regional business and industry, (2) Strengthening the regional culture for entrepreneurship and innovation, (3) Developing collaboration for development, (4) Building a more effective support structure, (5) Strengthening a region’s infrastructure, and (6) Developing an attractive and pluralistic region.

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InderScience Publishers, 2014. Vol. 5, no 6, 481-499 p.
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Innovation, measuring impact, policy implications, regional development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106359DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2014.066583OAI: diva2:715615
Available from: 2014-05-05 Created: 2014-05-05 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved

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