Regional Development and Conditions for Innovation in the Network Society

Regional Development and Conditions for Innovation in the Network Society (Hardback)

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Regional Development and Conditions for Innovation in the Network Society
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

Scholars from different disciplines and perspectives increasingly recognize that modern regional economic growth critically depends on factors like active networking, favorable institutions, entrepreneurial spirit and a fast production and circulation of knowledge. Regional Development and Conditions for Innovation in the Network Society is organized in three main parts. Part I, titled "Emerging Concepts and Approaches," has four chapters that focus on the key concepts of innovation and sustainability and on evolutionary thinking. In addition, an overall picture is given of approaches to innovation in a spatial context and to regional policymaking. Part II, titled "Telecom Infrastructures Strategies and Implications," has five chapters with a focus on the adoption strategy of ICT by various governments and on implications of ICT use on housing and production. Part III, "Conditions for Networks, Entrepreneurship and Development of High-Tech Clusters," contains seven chapters, each with a focus on requirements for high-technology based economic growth, such as technology competence, job features, the role of change agents, venture capital and specific networking.

About the Editor(s):

Marina van Geenhuizen is a professor at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management and OTB Research Institute, in Delft, The Netherlands.

David V. Gibson is Associate Director and The Nadya Kozmetsky Scott Centennial Fellow, at the IC² (Innovation, Creativity, Capital) Institute at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Gibson is Co-Chair of the International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation and Program Vice-Chairman for the World Conference on Integrated Design and Process Technology.

Manuel V. Heitor is full professor at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon and is the director of the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+. He is a senior research fellow of IC2 Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. He is co-editor of several books and author of several scientific papers. Currently, his interests include the management of technology and the development of engineering and innovation policies, including higher education policies. In this context, he has led the Organizing Committee of a series of International Conferences on "Technology Policy and Innovation," which began in 1997 in Macau. He is also on the editorial board of Technological Forecasting and Social Change and has published several papers in international refereed journals, including Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technovation, Higher Education Policy and Science and Public Policy.