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New directions in regional innovation policy: a network model for generating entrepreneurship and economic development

Huggins, Robert, Waite, David and Munday, Maxim 2018. New directions in regional innovation policy: a network model for generating entrepreneurship and economic development. Regional Studies 52 (9) , pp. 1294-1304. 10.1080/00343404.2018.1453131

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Abstract

Lifting the economic performance of lagging regions continues to puzzle economic development practitioners and analysts. As a means of contributing some solutions to this puzzle, this paper examines a policy intervention that promotes regional development through a public–private-sector initiative that uses a network model to catalyze innovation-driven entrepreneurship. It focuses on a programme operated by the Alacrity Foundation in the region of Wales, UK. The paper argues that Alacrity’s model offers a novel means of attempting to facilitate regional development through a programme that intertwines elements relating to entrepreneurship, innovation, and network policy and practice. It is novel in the sense that it seeks to de-risk the entrepreneurial and innovation process in a regional environment that is not traditionally strong in this respect. It is concluded that such programmes indicate that policy is beginning to embrace a number of ideas emerging from theoretical work on the drivers of regional innovation and growth.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0034-3404
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 22 February 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/111336

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