The Social Dynamics of Innovation Networks
Edited by Roel Rutten, Paul Benneworth, Dessy Irawati, Frans Boekema
To Be Published February 5th 2014 by Routledge – 256 pages
Series: Regions and Cities
This book provides fresh insights into arguably one of the greatest challenges for scholars of regional studies - to better understand the dynamics of places in the knowledge economy. The volume draws together a coherent set of contributions from a range of national and disciplinary backgrounds to critically interrogate this idea, and provide a better understanding of the territorial embeddedness of the social dynamics of innovation networks.
It no longer makes sense to assume that innovation takes place in regions, nor does it take place exclusively within firms. Whilst companies are loci by which innovation can be tracked, innovation as a creative process draws on knowledge from a range of sources, from clearly owned corporate intellectual property through to the intangible knowledge assets of Marshall’s ‘something in the air’. It is not just the region, but also the nature of the corporation, and the very nature of innovation that has been changed by the liberalisation, globalisation and digitalisation of contemporary cultures.
Hence, the emphasis of this volume is rooted in the understanding of innovation as more than a purely mechanical economic set of transactions, but a social process with unpredictable spillovers and externalities.
1.Introduction (Roel Rutten, Paul Benneworth, Dessy Irawati and Frans Boekema) 2. Part One: Places 1. Innovation and its sources in Swedish cities and towns (Hans Westlund) 2. The Socio-cultural context of small innovative and enterprising regions (Martin Andersson and Johan Klaesson) 3. Territorial market Construction and socio-economic valuation (Olivier Crevoisier) 4. Where have all the people gone? (Markku Sotarauta) Part Two: Networks 5. Globalization of cluster supply networks (Lise Lillebrygfjeld Halse and Ove Bjarnar) 6. The comet tail’s profile (Veronique Schutjens) 7. Tracing the social dimension in innovation networks (Martina Fromhold-Eisebith, Claudia Werker and Marcel Vojnic) Networks and the Knowledge Economy (Arnoud Lagendijk) Part Three: Communities 8. Exploring the social in innovation networks (David Charles) 9. Community and spatially distributed production of knowledge (Joanne Roberts) 10. Professional proximity in research collaborations (Kristin Kronenberg and Marjolein Caniëls) 11. Academic and vernacular communities in an entrepreneurial region (Paul Benneworth) Part Four: Discussion and Conclusion 12. Discussion 13. Conclusion
Roel Rutten is Assistant Professor in the Department of Organization Studies at Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Paul Benneworth is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente, the Netherlands
Dessy Irawati is a Teaching Fellow at the Newcastle University Business School, UK. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the Graduate School of Management at Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Frans Boekema is Professor of Economic Geography at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands