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 3|18 pages


A triple helix governance strategy for regional innovation

chapter 4|23 pages

Regional dynamics in non-metropolitan hi-tech clusters

A longitudinal study of two Nordic regions

chapter 5|22 pages

Regional strength in global competition

Collaborative patterns for life science firms in Western Sweden

chapter 6|22 pages

Between the regional and the global

Regional innovation systems policy and industrial knowledge formation

chapter 7|26 pages

Regional policy as change management

Theoretical discussion and empirical illustrations

chapter 8|21 pages

Constructing an innovation policy agency

The case of the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems

chapter 11|20 pages

Gender in governance of regional innovation

Why gender matters and is mainstreamed in the Swedish case

chapter 13|16 pages

The “start-up factor”

Regional innovation policy convergence between the US and Sweden