Innovation networks and local and regional development policy

Authored by: Mário Vale

Handbook of Local and Regional Development

Print publication date:  November  2010
Online publication date:  November  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415548311
eBook ISBN: 9780203842393
Adobe ISBN: 9781136905384


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Localized innovation networks are related to the advantages of geographical agglomeration, in which spatial proximity facilitates the generation of externalities and localized learning processes critical to local and regional development. The role of agglomeration in the innovation networks is epitomized by notions of industrial district, cluster and milieu innovateur. These territorial innovation models highlight the particular territorial conditions that promote localized knowledge generation and diffusion through networks of innovative firms, universities and other institutions.

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