CR 28,1 Competitiveness of locations: the eﬀects of regional innovation and entrepreneurial practices Introduction The focus of this introduction article to the special issue is on the competitiveness of locations from an innovation and entrepreneurship perspective. The competitiveness of locations is a high potential research area as it combines economic geography, international business and regional economics. There is more emphasis on the competitiveness of a location because of the increased mobility of people and businesses to reside in their choice of location. This has meant there is increased competition amongst regions to attract the best people and industry (Viassone et al., 2016). The competitiveness of a location is a combination of its ability to generate employment and business opportunities for its residents. Regions have developed from the competitiveness of locations because of the entry and exit of industry (Boschma and Frenken, 2011). To sustain a region’s competitiveness, it needs to focus on entrepreneurial practices (Bondonio and Greenbaum, 2014). The composition of a region or place depends on how the resources in the area are reconﬁgured for entrepreneurial reasons. As Brekke (2015, p. 202) states “growth conditions tend to be better in regions with place-speciﬁc factors and conditions that lead
Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal incorporating Journal of Global Competitiveness – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 15, 2018
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