Strategic agency and institutional change: investigating the role of universities in regional innovation systems (RISs)

Paul Benneworth, Rómulo Pinheiro, James Karlsen

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Strategic agency and institutional change: investigating the role of universities in regional innovation systems (RISs). Regional Studies. Past analyses rooted in the thick description of regions successful in constructing regional innovation systems have given way to analyses more focused on the intentionality in these processes, and how actors in regions with their own wider networks can shape these high-level changes in regional fortunes. As part of this, place-based leadership has emerged as a promising concept to restore both agency and territory to these discussions, but it remains under-theorized in key areas. This paper contributes to these debates by arguing that there remains a reduction of agency to organizations, and that place-based leadership research needs to take into account organizational dynamics and interests in for bettering our understanding of the dynamics of place-based leadership in regional innovation systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-248
JournalRegional studies
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2017

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Keywords

  • IR-101861
  • METIS-318378
  • Place-based leadership
  • Institutional change
  • Institutional entrepreneurship
  • Regional innovation systems
  • University

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