Understanding high-road path creation in peripheral regions

Authors: Mário Vale*, Universidade de Lisboa, IGOT, CEG, Luís Carvalho, Universidade do Porto, CEGOT
Topics: Economic Geography
Keywords: path creation; periphery; anchoring; institutional relatedness; regional development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Marriott Ballroom Salon 1, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Many studies illustrate how difficult it is to steer new, knowledge-intensive industrial change in peripheral regions (Dawley et al., 2015; Pike et al., 2010; Tödtling and Trippl, 2005). The unfolding of new economic activity in such regions have limited chances beyond ‘path extension’ (Isaksen and Trippl, 2014), mainly because they are institutionally thin and lack technology-related industries that can branch out to one another (Boschma, 2009; Xiao et al., 2018).Yet, among many well documented failures, there are also of a number of case studies in which ‘highroad’, knowledge-intensive strategies succeeded and endured over time, leading to new industrial paths that defied the curse of the periphery (Carvalho and Vale, 2018; Isaksen and Trippl, 2017). In order to make sense of such rare phenomena, recent studies have looked into external knowledge sourcing (Isaksen and Trippl, 2017; Vale and Carvalho, 2013), state policy interventions and activism (Dawley et al., 2015; MacKinnon et al., 2009), endogenous knowledge accumulation in universities (Vallance, 2016) and the co-creation of fit institutional conditions (Boschma et al., 2017; Sotarauta, 2016). This article builds on the previous and contributes to recent conceptual developments by articulating the notions of external knowledge sourcing and anchoring (Crevoisier and Jeannerat, 2009; Vale and Carvalho, 2013), institutional relatedness (Carvalho and Vale, 2018) and the notion of unbound region (Amin, 2004).

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