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Bridging the functional and territorial rationales: Proposing a virtual integrating framework for regional dynamics
Växjö University and Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research.
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
2006 (English)In: 14th Nordic Conference on Small Business Research, 2006, p. 1-16Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In identifying and enacting roads to sustainable development in welfare states, several divides fragment the research community as well as the public policies being practised. First there is a major gap between what might be addressed as a functional and a territorial rationale. The former is supported by those who in the name of national development propose a concentration of efforts to advanced and boundary-spanning innovation systems, staged as resourceful coalitions between private business, policy-makers and the universities as major knowledge-creators. A territorial rationale in contrast withholds that the power of development is nested into the local community, its committed member firms and other stakeholders as a collective. The outcome of an analytical inquiry into the construction of these contradictory discourses is integrated into a three-dimensional model. These dimensions are: the dominant life-setting in the territory (place), the general outlook of the people in the locality/region and the critical competence needed to materialise ideas that emerge in the context. Based on our earlier research we then frame theoretically and illustrate empirically the argumentation in two Swedish territories, the industrial district (Gnosjö) and an urban area (Gothenburg). Finally we propose that the very bridging of these rationales or rationales both analytically and in practice build a dynamic foundation for territorial development. The associated 'virtual' rationale suggests the need for upholding an ongoing dialogue between contrasted rationales along each proposed dimension. The paper concludes with the implications of this view for public policy concerning localised business activity.

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2006. p. 1-16
Keyword [en]
functional, territorial and virtual rationales, industrial district, technology system
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-4554OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-4554DiVA, id: diva2:321969
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14th Nordic Conference on Small Business Research, Stockholm, May 11-13
Available from: 2010-06-03 Created: 2010-06-03 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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