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Spatial scaling of regional strategic programmes in Finland: A qualitative study of clusters and innovation systems

Makkonen, T and Inkinen, T (2014) Spatial scaling of regional strategic programmes in Finland: A qualitative study of clusters and innovation systems Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, 68 (4). pp. 216-227.

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Abstract

Innovation systems and clusters are perhaps the most widely used concepts found in recent economic geography literature focusing on innovative industrial production and locational agglomeration. Both concepts have been universally embraced since the early 1990s onwards. However, recent literature has expressed criticism of their use as tools for policymaking. The authors studied innovation and cluster rhetoric in a geographical context by using empirical evidence obtained from the policy documents of the Finnish regional councils. They used a theoretical conception of spatial scaling as a geographical framework. Spatial scales proved to be a black box for regional strategies in Finland. Regional strategic programmes use a similar language that ignores the spatial variations of their locations. Clusters and regional innovation systems should be considered as parts of vertical and horizontal interlinkages within the economy and not as individual islands of organizational proximities in isolated contexts. The authors argued that an imprecise understanding of the innovation systems and cluster approaches, both conceptually and practically, has led to some ambiguity, resulting in the use of the terms clusters and innovation systems as buzzwords. This misuse hampers the ability of administrations to execute regional development in their respective areas. © 2014 Norwegian Geographical Society.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Makkonen, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Inkinen, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2014
Identification Number : 10.1080/00291951.2014.924551
Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift on 26 June 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00291951.2014.924551
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 Oct 2015 09:34
Last Modified : 26 Dec 2015 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808857

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