Openness Values and Regional Innovation: A Set-Analysis

Authors: Roel Rutten*, Tilburg University
Topics: Qualitative Methods, Regional Geography
Keywords: Regional innovation, openness values, economic diversity, socio-cultural diversity, set-analysis
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Jefferson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Statistical studies evidence that openness values matter for regional innovation but not how they matter. A QCA-study (Qualitative Comparative Analysis) of 108 North-West European regions identifies four cross-case mechanisms that explain regional innovation: the diversity, cosmopolitan environment, technology transfer and creativity mechanisms. Only in technology transfer do openness values not play a role. This evidences that openness values connect diverse local and non-local social spaces to local and non-local physical places to unlock a larger potential for more dynamic innovation. QCA understands causality as configurational and identifies mechanisms rather than net effects, which answers how-questions better than statistical methods do.

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