In recent years, smart specialisation has been a key building block of regional economic and development policy across the European Union. Providing targeted support for innovation and research, it has helped identify those areas of greatest strategic potential, developing mechanisms to involve the fullest range of stakeholders, before setting strategic priorities and using the policy to maximize the knowledge-based potential of a region or territory.
Governing Smart Specialisation contributes to the emerging debate about the role of the 'entrepreneurial discovery process' (EDP), which is at the heart of smart specialisation strategies for regional economic transformation. Particular focus in placed on what methods, procedures and institutional conditions are necessary in order to generate information that helps buttress policy decisions. It draws on existing literature that analyses the relevance of EDP within smart specialisation for regional policy. Chapters are complemented with case studies about regions with different geographical and socioeconomic characteristics in Europe: from Norwegian regions to the Greek region of East Macedonia and Thrace.
As one of the first books to directly address the EDP, this is essential reading for students interested in regional economics, public policy, urban studies and technology innovation, as well as for policy makers in regional and national administrations.
Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1 The Concept of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process Dominique Foray Chapter 2 Addressing EDP Pitfalls: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Dimitrios Kyriakou Chapter 3 Institutions and the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process for Smart Specialization Andres Rodriguez-Pose and Callum Wilkie Chapter 4 Speaking Truth to Power: The Political Dynamics of Public Sector Innovation Kevin Morgan Chapter 5 Structuring the entrepreneurial discovery process to promote private-public sector engagement Francesco Grillo Scuola Chapter 6 Entrepreneurial discovery process and Research and Technology Organisations David Charles and Katerina Ciampi Stancova Chapter 7 Monitoring Innovation and Development Strategies: Stakeholder Involvement, Learning, and Sustainable Policy Cycles Carlo Gianelle and Alexander Kleibrink Chapter 8 Bridging the gap between science, market and policy in Andalusia Inmaculada Perianez-Forte and Clemente J. Navarro Chapter 9 Implementing the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process in Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Elisabetta Marinelli, Mark Boden and Karel Haegeman Chapter 10 Continuous priority setting in the Norwegian VRI programme Jens Soervik and Inger Midtkandal Chapter 11 Smart Specialisation entering the Finnish territory Marja Nissinen Chapter 12 The Impact of the entrepreneurial discovery process on the Decentralisation of Innovation Policies in central and eastern European Member States Krzysztof Mieszkowski Conclusion
Dimitrios Kyriakou is Senior Analyst of the Knowledge for Growth Unit at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Spain. Manuel Palazuelos Martinez is Project leader of the Knowledge for Growth Unit at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Spain. Inmaculada Perianez-Forte is Scientific Officer of the Knowledge for Growth Unit at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Spain. Alessandro Rainoldi is Head of the Knowledge for Growth Unit at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Spain.