Why are some regions and cities so good at attracting talented
people, creating high-level knowledge, and producing exciting new
ideas and innovations? What are the ingredients of success? Can
innovative cities be created and stimulated, or do they just
flourish by mere chance? This book analyses the development and
management of innovation systems in cities, in order to provide a
better understanding of what makes such systems perform.
The book opens by developing a conceptual model that combines
insights from urban economics with economic geography, urban
governance and place marketing. This highlights the relevance of
path dependence, different types of proximity (and the role of
clusters, networks and platforms), institutional conditions, place
attractiveness and place identity in the evolution of local
innovation systems. The authors then draw on this conceptual
framework to structure empirical case studies in three cities with
a relatively high innovation performance: Eindhoven (the
Netherlands), Stockholm (Sweden) and Suzhou (China). Through these
case studies they provide a detailed analysis of how successful
innovation systems evolve and what makes them tick.
Unique to this book is the linking of analysis to concrete
policy and management responses. The book ends with a discussion on
six themes in the development of successful urban innovation
systems: firm-capabilities and leader firms, higher education and
research, attractive environment, place branding, institutional
environment and entrepreneurship. Each theme is examined fully,
drawing lessons from the case studies, and from recent insights and
other cases discussed in the literature.
This title will be of interest to students, researchers and
policymakers involved in regional innovation systems, knowledge
locations and cluster development.
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