This edited volume describes the spatial diffusion of knowledge and innovation using a large dataset at the regional level, and presents scientific evidence on the role of knowledge and innovation on regional development. The empirical results support a new design for innovation policies at the regional level, which could help the European Union to achieve the targets set up in its 2020 Agenda.

Today, financial capital, general information, consolidated technologies and codified knowledge are readily available virtually everywhere. However, the ability to organize these ‘pervasive’ factors into continuously innovative production processes and products is by no means pervasive and generalized; rather, it exists selectively only in some places where tacit knowledge is continuously created, exchanged and utilized and business ideas find their way to real markets.

Territorial Patterns of Innovation provides evidence that, contrary to popular belief, local knowledge intensity does not necessarily guarantee higher innovation performance. Moreover, the book shows that the growth benefits deriving from innovation do not necessarily match the strength of the formal local knowledge base, and that regions innovating in the absence of a strong local knowledge base can be as successful as more knowledge-intensive regions in turning innovation into a higher growth rate. Together, the contributions in this book offer a new understanding of the relationship between knowledge, innovation and regional performance by delving beyond generally held beliefs. It will be of value to regional scientists, industrial economists and policymakers.

chapter 1|16 pages

An inquiry on the regional dimension of the knowledge economy

Aims and novelties of the book
ByRoberta Capello, Camilla Lenzi

part I|109 pages

Measuring the territorial dimension of knowledge and innovation in Europe

chapter 2|24 pages

Technologically advanced regions

ByRoberta Capello, Andrea Caragliu

chapter 3|27 pages

Scientific regions

ByAlessandra Colombelli, Marta Foddi, Raffaele Paci

chapter 4|23 pages

Knowledge networking regions

ByErnest Miguélez, Rosina Moreno, Jordi Suriñach

chapter 5|33 pages

The knowledge—innovation nexus in European regions

ByRoberta Capello, Camilla Lenzi

part II|172 pages

Territorial patterns of innovation and regional dynamics in Europe

chapter 6|22 pages

Territorial patterns of innovation

ByRoberta Capello

chapter 7|32 pages

Territorial patterns of innovation

Evidence from European regions
ByLenzi Camilla, Capello Roberta

chapter 8|27 pages

Knowledge, human capital and regional performance

ByMarta Foddi, Emanuela Marrocu, Raffaele Paci, Stefano Usai

chapter 9|29 pages

Knowledge flows and regional knowledge creation

ByErnest Miguélez, Rosina Moreno, Jordi Suriñach

chapter 10|24 pages

Knowledge, innovation and economic efficiency across territorial patterns of innovation

ByRoberta Capello, Camilla Lenzi

chapter 11|36 pages

Regional knowledge creation in China, India and the US

Lessons for European regions
ByRiccardo Crescenzi, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

part III|28 pages

Innovation policy implications

chapter 12|26 pages

Towards a conclusion

Smart innovation policies
ByRoberto Camagni, Roberta Capello