Path Creation and Regional Development 3: Global Networks, Institutions & Clusters

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (MDT)
Room: Marriott Ballroom Salon 1, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Danny Mackinnon, Arne Isaksen, Michaela Trippl
Chairs: Michaela Trippl


Evolutionary Economic Geography (EEG) and regional studies. Building upon an established strand of sociological research, the idea that place-specific legacies and conditions play a critical role in fostering new path creation is a founding assumption of this research. In particular, new models such as the ‘path as a process model’ and the rapidly growing body of literature on regional diversification highlight the role of pre-existing local structures, competences and resources in facilitating new path development. Subsequent contributions have offered insights into the processes and mechanisms that underpin different forms of path development, ranging from the creation of new paths to the importation of paths from outside the region, related and unrelated path diversification and the upgrading of existing industrial paths.

EEG studies have recently attracted criticism for building on too narrowly conceptualised models of endogenous and firm-driven structural change and for neglecting the role of power, institutions and multi-scalar interrelatedness and embeddedness of firms and non-firm actors. In response, scholars have begun to develop broader conceptualisations of new path development by combining EEG with insights from research on regional and technological innovation systems, socio-technical transitions, global production and innovation networks and institutional entrepreneurship. This has opened up a range of perspectives on the emergence and transformation of regional industrial paths. Recent studies reflect a growing interest in multi-actor and multi-scalar approaches and provide richer explanations of why regions differ in their capacity to nurture new paths by harnessing local assets and attracting (and anchoring) exogenous resources. They also offer deeper insights into enabling and constraining factors that reside within old paths and innovation systems and cast light on the roles played by different forms of agency in creating and exploiting favourable conditions for new growth paths.

This AAG session aims to further advance path creation research in economic geography and regional studies. In particular, it is designed to address the tendency for researchers to adopt different terminology, theoretical approaches and substantive research foci by encouraging increased dialogue and cross-fertilisation between them. As such, the organisers are seeking a range of contributions that seek to both advance research on path creation and foster debate about future directions and agendas.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Chun YANG*, Hong Kong Baptist University, Path creation of mobile game industrial clusters in the digitalization era: the rise of indigenous digital platforms in Shenzhen, China 20 1:10 PM
Presenter Danny Mackinnon*, Newcastle University, Creating new paths through transplantation: an analysis of regional institutions’ efforts to attract a flagship investment to the Humber 20 1:30 PM
Presenter Hyejin Yoon*, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Changes of production space: The role of policy in path-creation and path-dependence in the animation industry of Seoul, South Korea 20 1:50 PM
Presenter Jack Harris*, , Path creation between local software actors and the global industry 20 2:10 PM
Discussant Arne Isaksen 20 2:30 PM

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