Building Knowledge Regions in North America

Building Knowledge Regions in North America

Emerging Technology Innovation Poles

Leonel Corona, Jérôme Doutriaux and Sarfraz A. Mian

Focusing on emerging technology regions of the US, Canada and Mexico, the authors provide an analysis of firms’ innovative milieus in three contexts: national systems of innovation, knowledge regions and incubation mechanisms. An overview of the evolution of each region over the past quarter century is presented, along with an evaluation of the effectiveness of science parks and technology incubators in various regional and national environments.

Chapter 1: The Key Elements of Innovation Infrastructure and the Evolution of Knowledge Regions: A Framework for Analysis

Leonel Corona, Jérôme Doutriaux and Sarfraz A. Mian

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, economics and finance, economics of innovation, regional economics, innovation and technology, economics of innovation, urban and regional studies, regional economics


INTRODUCTION The last quarter of the twentieth century has witnessed the unfolding of a fast paced innovation-driven global economy where knowledge and innovation are increasingly recognized as sources of global competitiveness and economic well-being. Scholars have shown that a country’s capability to commercialize innovative products and services is related to its research activities and its proportion of scientists and engineers, and to its policies and programs supportive of research and its commercialization. It is also related to the development of geographically concentrated clusters of institutions and firms in a common field and to the quality of the linkages between those institutions and firms (Porter and Stern, 2002). The founding and growth of new firms for the creation of innovative products and services depends not only on the behavior of individual entrepreneurs, but also on the communities in which they live and work (Schoonhoven and Romanelli, 2002). Regions, rather than nation states, with their knowledge base, their innovative firms and their enterprising individuals, have been shown to be key contributors to innovation (Keeble and Wilkinson, 2000; Bresnaham and Gambardella, 2004). The relationship between innovation, competitiveness and economic wellbeing has led to unprecedented efforts by policy makers at various levels: national, state, regional, and municipal to enhance innovation capability through policies that are placing an ever-increasing emphasis on collaborative research, on the effective development of new technology and on its speedy diffusion into the marketplace. As a result, a number of aspiring and knowledge endowed regions of the world have experienced a...

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