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Capacity-building barriers to S3 implementation: an empirical framework for catch-up regions

Papamichail, George; Rosiello, Alessandro and Wield, David (2019). Capacity-building barriers to S3 implementation: an empirical framework for catch-up regions. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 32(1) pp. 66–84.

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the implementation challenge of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in catch-up regional environments, through the lens of capacity building. We analyse capacity building at two levels: micro-level (individual organisations) and meso-level (regional inter-organisational networks). We use empirical evidence from 50 interviews conducted in the period 2015–2017 from two Greek regions dramatically hit by the economic crisis (Crete and Central Macedonia). We argue that in the Cretan and Central Macedonian context, the difficulty of implementing S3 is directly linked with firms’ lack of adsorptive capability to exploit university-generated knowledge, university knowledge that is too abstract for firm’s to easily acquire, as well as to the capability of regional actors to build inter-organisational networking that fits their strategic needs.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 1469-8412
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
PhDES/J500136/1ESRC
Keywords: capacity building; catch-up regions; smart specialisation; S3; Crete; Central Macedonia
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
Item ID: 57409
Depositing User: David Wield
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2020 17:24
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/57409
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