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Title: Drivers and effectiveness of regional innovation partnerships in Mediterranean less developed regions
Author: Bubbico, Rocco Luigi
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2011
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This work is based on the analysis of regional innovation policies and partnerships for innovation in EU 2000-2006 Objective 1 regions. The focus on the wide concept of innovation at European level and the international competitive challenges are pushing European regions to increase the effectiveness of local innovation policies, developing and strengthening their regional innovation systems in partnership with local actors. The research has the main aim to evaluate the contribution of regional innovation policies to regional development, identify levers and obstacles, analyse the structures of Regional Innovation Systems including processes of cooperation, assess the effectiveness of regional policy mix and finally evaluate the effectiveness of regional partnerships. The methodology of the research is based on a multiple case-study approach and on mixed methods. Four case studies have been selected: Puglia, Sardegna, Comunidad Valenciana and Region de Murcia. Overall, 104 semi-structured interviews have been carried out in the four regions, with regional administrators, innovation agency managers, entrepreneurs, technology centres managers and academics (involved in spinoffs or managers of collaborative/industrial research projects). The field work activities have been focused on documentation review, unstructured interviews and data collection. A database of policy interventions was created to analyse targets, beneficiaries and areas of intervention. An analysis of regional performance has been conducted to examine the socio-economical structure and regional innovation indicators. The findings show common patterns and issues in policy implementation and dilemmas in strategic choices. All case studies featured wide and multi-purpose strategies aimed at the quantitative growth of regional innovation systems and a higher degree of internal collaborations through the support to intermediate bodies. Innovation systems are taking shape: regional administrations made a significant effort but struggled to overcome structural limitations and external constraints affecting the innovation structure.
Supervisor: Hebbert, Michael; Baker, Mark Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: regional development ; regional innovation policies