Global production networks and regional innovation systems: contrasting or complementary policy implications?
This paper by Blažek and Steen 1) identifies key conceptual differences between two main research streams within economic geography and regional studies: global production networks/value chains and regional innovation systems, 2) compares policy implications, and 3) discusses the scope for mutual inspiration both conceptually and in terms of policy recommendations.
Based on the review of key literature, the authors first identify the key conceptual differences between these two streams and then provide a comparative overview of their policy implications. Thereafter, the authors show that considerable space for mutual inspiration in conceptual as well as policy terms exists, especially between the notions of strategic coupling and the new path development model. Moreover, the authors suggest six additional arenas of mutual conceptual and policy-relevant inspiration between these two streams as avenues for future research.
The article is published in European Planning Studies. Read the full article.