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Markus Grillitsch

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Sistemas regionales de innovación : Pasado, presente y futuro

Regional innovation systems : Past, present and future

Author

  • Björn Asheim
  • Markus Grillitsch
  • Michaela Trippl

Summary, in English

Since its development in the 1990s, the Regional Innovation Systems (RIS) approach has attracted considerable attention from economic geographers, innovation scholars and policy makers. The RIS approach is well-known in scientific discourse about the uneven geography of innovation and the factors that shape the knowledge generation and innovation capacities of regions. The aim of this paper is to reflect on the emergence of the RIS approach, the current debate as well as future challenges. This paper is structured around four over arching research questions: What are the origins and theoretical foundations of this ap-proach? What has the RIS approach contributed to innovation studies and economic geography? What are the implications for innovation policy? And what are the recent lines of research and key research challenges in the future? We argue that the con-tributions of the RIS approach have been substantial. Nevertheless, the approach has often been applied in a rather static way, more as a heuristic than a coherent theory. The key challenges for current and future research, therefore, are to move towards a more theory-based, dynamic perspective on RIS, dealing with new path development and the transformation of RIS.

Department/s

  • CIRCLE

Publishing year

2019

Language

Spanish

Pages

4-22

Publication/Series

Revista Galega de Economia

Volume

28

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

Topic

  • Economic Geography

Keywords

  • Regional industrial change
  • Regional innovation policy
  • Regional innovation system
  • Research challenges
  • Transformation of innovation systems

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1132-2799