Do Regions Make a Difference? Regional Innovation Systems and Global Innovation Networks in the ICT Industry

Cristina Chaminade
CIRCLE, Lund University
Thursday, 26 September 2013 - 12:00

Access to global innovation networks (GINs) has been unequal across the regions of the world. While certain regions are considered knowledge hubs in GINs, others still remain marginalized; this points to the role of regional innovation systems in the emergence and development of GINs. Using firm-level data collected through a survey and case studies in 2009–2010, this article systematically compares the patterns of global networks in the ICT industry in a selection of European, Chinese and Indian regions. The results show that GINs are more common in regions which are not organizationally and institutionally thick, suggesting that GINs may be a compensatory mechanism for weaknesses in the regional innovation system.


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Cristina Chaminade is, since 2011 a full professor at CIRCLE, Lund University. She holds a doctoral degree in Economics. She is one of the leading experts in globalization of innovation, particularly in global innovation networks and innovation in emerging economies. She has actively worked on innovation in developing countries such as China, India, South Africa, Thailand, and Brazil for over 15 years. She’s been advisor of international organizations such as the European Commission, UNCTAD, OECD and UN-ECLAC. She has published in international journals, refereed books and handbooks in the fields of innovation, development studies and knowledge management. Currently she is coordinating two research project dealing with globalization of innovation: one on emerging multinationals in Europe, and another one on regional variety and global innovation networks funded by Riksbanken and the Wallenberg foundation respectively.