chapter  9
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Resource Asymmetries and Cumulative Advantages in Regional Knowledge Systems: Exploring a University’s Growth/Share Strategy


Regional partnerships are of increasing interest to local and national stakeholders who are pursuing competitive advantages in the global economy. Integrative strategies provide jurisdictions, and their knowledge producers, with access to new resources, networks and investment opportunities (Saxenian, 1994; Srinivas and Viljamaa, 2008). Regional knowledge systems emerge to embrace heterogeneous stakeholder perspectives on production, development and innovation (Smedlund and Pöyhönen, 2005; Smedlund, 2006). However, territorial collaborations run into diculties as interorganizational linkages ounder when faced with resource asymmetries and isolating mechanisms such as institutional traditions and cultures, and stakeholder commitments. Boundary management is oen essential to creating synergies across the divides, in order to enable a more dynamic mobility and the dispersal of intellectual and material resources.