Determinants of Convergence and Disparities in Europe: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the Processes of Clustering

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Innovation and entrepreneurship are key factors in current regional development initiatives, derived from the concepts of new economic growth theory. The aim of this chapter is to combine an assessment of innovative and entrepreneurial performance with the spatial distribution and functional linkages of certain types of economic clusters. The hypothesis is that clustered regions with high entrepreneurial and innovative performance have higher growth than non-innovative/entrepreneurial regions or regions with a more scattered economic structure. The clustering and in some cases even the polarization of economic activities in metropolitan regions can lead to excess growth and contribute to a process of convergence between nations but will also turn regional economic divergence back on the national economic development agenda.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelHandbook of Research on Global Competitive Advantage through Innovation and Entrepreneurship
RedaktørerLuis M. Carmo Farinha, Joäo J. M. Ferreira, Helen Lawton Smith, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen
ForlagIGI global
Publikationsdato2015
Sider28-45
Kapitel3
ISBN (Trykt)9781466683488
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781466683495
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015
NavnHandbook of Research on Global Competitive Advantage through Innovation and Entrepreneurship
ISSN2327-3429

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