The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 163–173 | Cite as

Contextualising Regional Innovation Systems in a Globalising Learning Economy: On Knowledge Bases and Institutional Frameworks



In order to advance the understanding of which types of regional innovation system represent effective innovation support for what kinds of industry in different regions analyses must be contextualized by reference to the actual knowledge base of various industries as well as to the regional and national institutional framework, which strongly shape the innovation processes of firms. Of special importance is the linkage between the larger institutional frameworks of the national innovation and business systems, and the character of regional innovation systems. In making the arguments about a general correspondence between the macro-institutional characteristics of the economy and the dominant form and character of its regional innovation systems a link is provided to the literature on ‘varieties of capitalism’ and national business systems.


Regional innovation systems knowledge bases institutional frameworks 

JEL Classification

O18 O31 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social and Economic GeographyUniversity of LundLundSweden
  2. 2.Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE)University of LundLundSweden
  3. 3.Centre for Technology, Innovation and CultureUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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