Learning, innovation and regional development: a critical appraisal of recent debates

Daniel F MacKinnon, A. Cumbers, Keith Chapman

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    Abstract

    A resurgence of interest in the region as a scale of economic organization has been apparent within economic geography over the past decade or so. In view of the apparent shift towards a 'knowledge-driven economy', the capacity of regions to support processes of learning and innovation has been identified as a key source of competitive advantage. This paper provides a critical appraisal of recent work on innovation, learning and regional development, situating this within its intellectual context. We argue that, while the focus on knowledge and learning is highly relevant, much of the literature fails to adequately ground its arguments in empirical enquiry and also tends to underemphasize the importance of wider extra-local networks and structures. In conclusion, we offer some directions for further research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)293-311
    Number of pages18
    JournalProgress in Human Geography
    Volume26
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

    Keywords

    • globalization
    • innovation
    • knowledge
    • learning
    • networks
    • new regionalism
    • regional development
    • regions
    • scale
    • MOTOR-SPORT INDUSTRY
    • KRUGMAN,PAUL GEOGRAPHICAL ECONOMICS
    • TECHNICAL CHANGE
    • POLICY
    • KNOWLEDGE
    • INSTITUTIONS
    • PERSPECTIVE
    • COMPETITION
    • ADVANTAGE
    • PROXIMITY

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