Urban innovation systems: what makes them tick?

Willem van Winden, Erik Braun, Alexander Oltgaar, Jan-Jelle Witte

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Why are some regions and cities so good at attracting talented people, creating high-level knowledge, and producing exciting new ideas and innovations? What are the ingredients of success? Can innovative cities be created and stimulated, or do they just flourish by mere chance? This book analyses the development and management of innovation systems in cities, in order to provide a better understanding of what makes such systems perform. The book opens by developing a conceptual model that combines insights from urban economics with economic geography, urban governance and place marketing. This highlights the relevance of path dependence, different types of proximity (and the role of clusters, networks and platforms), institutional conditions, place attractiveness and place identity in the evolution of local innovation systems. The authors then draw on this conceptual framework to structure empirical case studies in three cities with a relatively high innovation performance: Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Stockholm (Sweden) and Suzhou (China). Through these case studies they provide a detailed analysis of how successful innovation systems evolve and what makes them tick.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9781315852027
ISBN (Print)9780415727785
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameRegions and cities
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group


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