The evolution of industry from interdisciplinary research in structurally weak regions.

Authors: Christiane Gebhardt*, malik institute
Topics: Development, Qualitative Research, Europe
Keywords: regional transformation, evolutionary economic geography, development paths, organizational studies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Blue Room, Omni, East
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We discuss the integration of approaches of regional innovation systems (Cooke and Leydesdorff 2006, Martin 2013, Martin and Sunley 2006, Gebhardt 2013), institutional agency (Sotaurauta and Suvinen 2018), regional industrial evolution and regional transformation (Boschma et al 2017; Feldmann 2007; Martin and Trippl, 2017) and organizational development of networking constellations (Sydow 1999, Baecker 1999, Granovetter 2005, Gebhardt and Pohlmann 2013) within an extended paradigm of evolutionary economic geography, EEG (Hassink et al 2018).
The paper contributes to the categorization of patterns in regard to handling coexistence, conflicts, and convergence of diverse institutional logics alongside development dynamics and provides an analytical framework to assess preconditions of sustainability and relevant stakeholders’ interpretation and sense-making. The study is based on a German case and analyses the evolution of industry from interdisciplinary research in a structurally weak region in the North/East of Germany employing a longitudinal case study and qualitative research. It employs research methods such as interdependency analysis in the tradition of Schwanniger 2006, Umpleby 2009). We illustrate the way the group conceives and operationalise the complexity of the system and uses the variety of the region to integrate into larger multilevel systems – or not. We identified different patterns from the organizational perspective that make timely intervention possible. The approach exemplifies why fuzzy and vague ecosystem that are offered many paths options move towards a distinctive institutionalization. The practical outcome is the identification of governance controls for more effective and timely policy intervention in transformational regional development.

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