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Markus Grillitsch

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Trinity of change agency, regional development paths and opportunity spaces

Author

  • Markus Grillitsch
  • Markku Sotarauta

Summary, in English

The study of regional growth paths is a key theme in economic geography and of elemental interest for regional development. This paper addresses the interplay between path-dependent, structural forces and the construction and utilization of opportunities through agentic processes. Extending the evolutionary framework, it is argued that not only history but also perceived futures influence agentic processes in the present and thus shape regional development paths. The paper discusses the relevance and interdependencies of three types of agency with distinct theoretical roots, namely Schumpeterian innovative entrepreneurship, institutional entrepreneurship and place-based leadership, as main drivers of regional structural change.

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography
  • CIRCLE

Publishing year

2020-08-01

Language

English

Pages

704-723

Publication/Series

Progress in Human Geography

Volume

44

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Human Geography

Keywords

  • agency
  • evolutionary theory
  • opportunity space
  • path-dependency
  • regional development
  • regional growth
  • regional structural change

Status

Published

Project

  • Regional Growth against all odds

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0309-1325