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Journal article
Authors Olof Zaring
Stefan Szücs
Maureen McKelvey
Published in International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
ISSN 1476-1297
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
Department of Social Work
Language en
Keywords innovation; entrepreneurship; economic emergence; regional governance; collective action; resources; knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship
Subject categories Economics and Business


This article examines the processes of building innovation capacity, within a regional innovation sys-tem. We analyse a case study of technological development in a region, leading us to propose a con-ceptual model to explain how and why the development of a common resource pool of scientific and technological knowledge in turn leads to regional innovation capacity. The model visualizes our prop-osition that a process of governance enables actors to exploit a set of regional resources (incentives, networks, global relations), whereby collectively creating industrial opportunities.. We thereby use the model to predict that the success and directionality of specific technology in the region is dependent on establishing an organizational structure for exploiting said resources collectively. This contributes to understanding the governance of innovation systems because our proposed organizational structure, once established, will protect and channel knowledge and resources to the heterogeneous participating actors.

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