In an increasingly globalised world, paradoxically regional innovation clusters have moved to the forefront of attention as a strategy for economic and social development. Transcending international success cases, like Silicon Valley and Route 128, as sources of lessons, successful high tech clusters in niche areas have had a significant impact on peripheral regions. Are these successful innovation clusters born or made? If they are subject to planning and direction, what is the shape that it takes: top down, bottom up or lateral?

chapter 1|17 pages

Regional governance in global innovation processes

ByAnnika Rickne, Staffan Laestadius, Henry Etzkowitz

chapter 2|33 pages

The theoretical foundation for Swedish innovation policy

ByStaffan Laestadius, Annika Rickne

chapter 3|18 pages


A triple helix governance strategy for regional innovation
ByHenry Etzkowitz, Marina Ranga

chapter 4|23 pages

Regional dynamics in non-metropolitan hi-tech clusters

A longitudinal study of two Nordic regions
ByJukka Teräs, Håkan Ylinenpää

chapter 5|22 pages

Regional strength in global competition

Collaborative patterns for life science firms in Western Sweden
ByJens Laage-Hellman, Annika Rickne, Emelie Stenborg

chapter 6|22 pages

Between the regional and the global

Regional innovation systems policy and industrial knowledge formation
ByLinda Gustavsson, Cali Nuur, Staffan Laestadius

chapter 7|26 pages

Regional policy as change management

Theoretical discussion and empirical illustrations
ByMartin Andersson, Börje Johansson

chapter 8|21 pages

Constructing an innovation policy agency

The case of the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems
ByBo Persson

chapter 9|25 pages

Policy scripts and practice1

ByFredrik Lavén, Björn Remneland-Wikhamn, Torbjörn Stjernberg

chapter 10|23 pages

Can regional innovation systems be “constructed”?

ByJohan Johansson, Håkan Ylinenpää

chapter 11|20 pages

Gender in governance of regional innovation

Why gender matters and is mainstreamed in the Swedish case
ByMalin Lindberg

chapter 12|24 pages

Entrepeneurship and public policy in emerging clusters

ByBo Carlsson

chapter 13|16 pages

The “start-up factor”

Regional innovation policy convergence between the US and Sweden
ByHenry Etzkowitz

chapter 14|7 pages

Lessons on regional innovation governance in open economies

ByStaffan Laestadius, Annika Rickne