Exploring Governance of Regional Innovation System: A comparative Case Study of Skåne, Jönköping and Kalmar
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
To increase regional competitiveness and maintain sustainable economic growth, many Swedish regions are developing their regional innovation system (RIS). As RIS is a complex arena with numerous diverse actors, activities, and regional deficiencies, effective governance is required to ensure the well-functioning of RIS. Despite our existing knowledge on the role governance plays, we lack an explicit definition of RIS governance as a common base for discussion and a model of general key principles to guide the strategic work of RIS governance, which may impede regions from reflecting on their RIS governance endeavour and leave those regions that seek guidance rather helpless. Thus, the purpose of this thesis is to explore governance of regional innovation system by comparing and drawing lessons from different Swedish regions in order to develop a definition of RIS governance and a model of general key principles of RIS governance.
To fulfil that purpose, three Swedish regions, namely Skåne, Kalmar and Jönköping are chosen as cases to study. Using an abductive approach, a preliminary framework has been developed based on literature. During empirical investigation, primary data was collected via interviews and observation which then have been triangulated with secondary data. Data have been analysed in a systematic manner based on the preliminary framework. However, while most aspects of the framework have been confirmed by empirics, a new theme has been discovered which has been added to the framework. This has resulted in a revised framework, i.e. a revised definition of RIS governance and model of general key principles of RIS governance as below:
RIS governance is a task mainly undertaken and directed by a region’s administrative body, involving a continual and iterative process of identifying and addressing regional specific problems and needs, coordinating, providing learning and experimenting platforms to, supporting and leading the diverse actors within the two subsystems of RIS (namely, "knowledge application and exploitation subsystem" and "knowledge generation and diffusion subsystem"), that are embedded in the region’s socio-economic and culture setting, with policy learning and bottom-up involvement as feedback loop, in order to foster trust, frequent interactive learning and cooperation among those actors as well as to increase their innovation capabilities, which ultimately leads to realizing the goal of boosting the innovativeness of the region. It may take not only the form of formal institutions and regime empowered to enforce compliance, but also informal arrangements that actors agree to and perceive to be in their interest.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 84 p.
governance, regional innovation system
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34119ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-2-20160307OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-34119DiVA: diva2:1050799
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration
Melander, Anders, Associate professerBjörling, Maxmikael Wilde
Hellerstedt, Karin, Associate professor