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Promoting localized excellence in research and innovation: mapping contemporary policy trends in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. (CIND)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. (CIND)
2008 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

High-tech and science-based industries have been hyped as a key part of the knowledge economy and governments have acknowledged research and innovation as a top priority for promoting competitive advantage. A prominent trend in recent years in many European countries and beyond has been to direct research funding towards so-called Centres of Excellences (CoE): micro-concentrations of high-skilled workers and socially networked knowledge workers. By exploring recent trends in innovation policies in the case of Sweden, and setting up a comprehensive database including data from 110 granted CoE-initiative applications, a detailed picture is presented focusing on key policy actors, program design, prioritised sectors, and characteristics of leading researchers. Drawing on a theoretical model of localised excellence, we suggest that the initiatives can be mapped and further analysed along three dimensions: research; innovation; and value creation. We conclude by briefly discussing methodological issues concerning the possibilities and challenges of using this kind of empirical material for analysing localized knowledge production in the knowledge-based economy. Finally, the current policy rhetoric emphasising the importance of cluster- and CoE-initiatives for promoting economic growth is critically discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Keyword [en]
innovation policies, Centres of Excellences, localized knowledge production, science-based industries, Sweden
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100249OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100249DiVA: diva2:209957
Conference
Association of American Geographers' Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, April 15-19, 2008
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FoI-projektet
Available from: 2009-03-28 Created: 2009-03-28 Last updated: 2012-08-08Bibliographically approved

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