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

Huggins, R., Waite, D. and Munday, M. (2018) New directions in regional innovation policy: a network model for generating entrepreneurship and economic development. Regional Studies, 52(9), pp. 1294-1304. (doi: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:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Waite, David
Authors: Huggins, R., Waite, D., and Munday, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Regional Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0034-3404
ISSN (Online):1360-0591
Published Online:12 April 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Regional Studies Association
First Published:First published in Regional Studies 52(9): 1294-1304
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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