A Handbook of Industrial Districts
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A Handbook of Industrial Districts

Edited by Giacomo Becattini, Marco Bellandi and Lisa De Propis

In this comprehensive original reference work, the editors have brought together an unrivalled group of distinguished scholars and practitioners to comment on the historical and contemporary role of industrial districts (IDs).
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Luciana Lazzeretti


SECTION 5 Knowledge, learning and creativity Introduction Luciana Lazzeretti 1. Renewing IDs In the current scenario characterised by the profound transformations associated with the knowledge economy and new technologies, the missing dimensions of innovation (Lester and Piore 2004) are strongly emerging. The contributions of this session focus on the implications that may be generated by the many different paths of local development in general and of the industrial district (ID) in particular. The mechanisms inside district dynamics, innovation and creative processes are explored, emphasising problems of evolution, cluster mutation, new sector applications and relations with other forms of local development. The red thread of our introduction winds through the idea of ‘renewing’ IDs. The contributions gathered are presented as a sort of open conversation in which reflections involving this idea are brought forward and fine tuned. The conversation is articulated around different types of analysis (theoretic or applied), fields of application (including the culture and creative district, the ID, the innovative milieu and the regional innovation system, RIS), and theoretic frameworks (ranging from innovation economy to evolutionary economics and geography, to the organisation and management studies). The principal themes of the section are innovation, creativity and transformation. 2. An open dialogue on innovation An initial theme regards the affirmation of the ‘open innovation model’ and the growing role acknowledged to the ‘social dimension of innovation’, and the re lation of these with the reconsideration of the district form as a ‘socio-economic innovation community’. 253 254 The nature of industrial districts...

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