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Strategies for Shaping Territorial Competitiveness

Edited by Jesús M. Valdaliso, James R. Wilson

Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Global Competition

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Description

People, firms and other institutions all need the right environment to thrive. In this sense, territories – cities, regions and nations – are the critical building blocks for competitiveness and development in the world economy. However, while it has long been common to analyse the strategies of firms, until recently analysis of territorial strategies has been relatively neglected.

There has been widespread recognition that territories need to construct development strategies that are focused on shaping sustainable competitive advantages which draw upon their own unique resources, competencies and capabilities alongside intelligence on existing technological and market trends. There has also been a general consensus that territorial strategy and indeed ‘new industrial policy’ should not be about the articulation of choices ‘top-down’ from government, but that instead it should be the result of diffused processes carried out among different agents and organizations within the territory. Yet there remains a large gap in understanding around how these processes take place and how they can be articulated towards coherent strategies capable of shaping competitiveness in the specific contexts of different territories. This book builds on a strong trajectory of research in order to provide insights around the concept of territorial strategy and the processes that surround it. The first part of the book develops a framework for understanding and analysing territorial strategy through analysis of a series of key concepts: territorial competitiveness; territorial strategy; competitiveness policies; smart specialization; and the evaluation of territorial strategies. The second part of the book is then dedicated to exploring this framework in practice through application to a series of unique cases from around the world. Each case offers something different and enables the framework to be thoroughly tested, generating conclusions that add real value to scholars and policy-makers interested in and working in the field of territorial strategy.

Contents

1: Introduction Jesus M. Valdaliso (University of the Basque Country, Spain) and James Wilson (Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Deusto Business School, Spain) PART 1 2: Territorial Competitiveness Mikel Navarro (Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Deusto Business School, Spain) 3: Territorial Strategy Mari José Aranguren and Miren Larrea (Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Deusto Business School, Spain) 4: Smart Specialisation Strategies Mari José Aranguren, Edurne Magro and Mikel Navarro (Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Deusto Business School, Spain) and Jesus M. Valdaliso (University of the Basque Country, Spain) 5: Smart Territorial PoliciesEdurne Magro (Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Deusto Business School, Spain) 6: Evaluating Territorial StrategiesEdurne Magro and James Wilson (Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Deusto Business School, Spain) PART 2 7: The Basque Country I Jesus M. Valdaliso (University of the Basque Country, Spain) 8: Proposed Author (TBC): Kevin Morgan (University of Cardiff, UK) 9: Singapore Proposed Author (TBC): Boon Siong Neo (National University of Singapore, Singapore) 10: Rafaela Proposed Author (TBC): Pablo Costamaña (Multilateral Investment Fund and Interamerican Development Bank, US) and Miren Larrea (Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Deusto Business School, Spain) 11: Medicon Valley TBC 12: British Columbia Interior Roger Sugden

Author Bio

Jesus M. Valdaliso is Professor of Economic History at the School of Economics and Business Administration of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain

James R. Wilson is the Director, Territory, Innovation and Clusters, Orkestra, at the Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Spain. He is also Adjunct Faculty, Deusto Business School, University of Deusto, Spain.

Name: Strategies for Shaping Territorial Competitiveness (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Jesús M. Valdaliso, James R. Wilson. People, firms and other institutions all need the right environment to thrive. In this sense, territories – cities, regions and nations – are the critical building blocks for competitiveness and development in the world economy...
Categories: Economics, Microeconomics, Industrial Economics, Economic Geography, Regional Geography - Human Geography, Regulation, Asian Studies, European Studies