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Innovation Strategies in Interdependent States: Essays on Smaller Nations, Regions and Cities in a Globalized World

By: John R De La Mothe

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Feb 2006 | #172624 | ISBN: 1843769271
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Examining the issues facing smaller regions and countries, John de la Mothe explores how innovation, strategy and interdependence shape their performance, competition, and futures. Innovation and interdependence are central elements of advanced and advancing economies. In our globalized world, the production of knowledge is continually evolving. This is reflected in the design of institutions and in the results on the standards of living that are achieved and sustained. It also implies new forms of competition. Increasingly, smaller countries, regions and cities that do not fit into traditional theories of growth are becoming leaders in technology-intensive products and quick followers in innovative practices. Often heavily committed to large emerging economic markets (such as China and India) and political hegemons (such as Germany, Japan, and the United States), smaller nations, regions and cities are playing an almost unprecedented role in the shape of things to come. By examining the texture of the new economy, paths to constructing advantage, and aspects of the cultures that lead to the new economy, this book provides a valuable and essential guide to scholars, policymakers, strategists and students.

'John's essays capture the essence of the new innovation-led economy. He skillfully incorporates a breadth of perspectives and disciplines (sociology, political science, economics, geography, organizational behavior) describing the central role knowledge, interdependence and institutions play in the innovation process. Throughout his essays that touch on innovation policy recommendations, Canada is a central focus, but he successfully incorporates the problems and opportunities associated with other small economies in both developing and developed countries. His focus on cities as a main driver of innovation is gaining increasing importance in the academic literature of today.' - Clifford Wymbs, Baruch College, CUNY, US


Introduction 1. Innovation in an Age of Interdependence Part I: The Texture of the New Economy 2. The New Competition 3. Some Economic Consequences of Knowledge 4. Technology, Trade and Investment in Interdependent States 5. Innovation, Institutions and International Development 6. Institutional Governance and Innovation 7. Capacities and Priorities in Innovation Part II: Constructing Advantage in the New Economy 8. Interdependence and National Systems of Innovation 9. Transitional Systems of Innovation 10. Learning in Local Systems of Innovation 11. Constructing Advantage in Smaller Regions 12. Constructing Advantages in Cities 13. Lessons from Cities and Smaller Nations Part III: Cultures of the New Economy 14. Innovation, Globalization and the Challenges to Science and Technology Policy 15. Innovation, Science and Priorities in Open Societies 16. Innovation and Interdependence in the New Republic of Knowledge 17. Conclusion: The Embedded Culture of Innovation Appendix Bibliography.

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