Through the magnifying glass: an analysis of regional innovation models based on co-word and meta-synthesis methods

Through the magnifying glass: an analysis of regional innovation models based on co-word and... This paper performs a fine-grained analysis of regional innovation models discussed in the literature, using a combination of quantitative (co-word analysis) and qualitative (meta-synthesis) methods applied to 300 papers from the Scopus and Sage databases covering the period 1990–2013. The co-word analysis produced knowledge maps that identify the most frequently occurring regional innovation models and group them into three clusters: Cluster 1 (industrial districts, local production systems), Cluster 2 (industrial clusters and regional clusters), and Cluster 3 (innovative milieus, regional innovation systems, innovation networks and learning regions). The meta-synthesis analysis used for exploring the content of these models identified three main themes, each with several sub-themes, as well as distinct features of the regions implementing them. Based on these distinctions, a typology of regions was derived, distinguishing between Early Innovators, Transitional Innovators and Advanced Innovators, which can serve as a useful instrument for academic researchers, policy-makers and practitioners involved in regional innovation. Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Through the magnifying glass: an analysis of regional innovation models based on co-word and meta-synthesis methods

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Springer Netherlands
Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Social Sciences, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
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