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Regioinal policies for knowledge anchoring in European regions
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Tourism.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8788-0044
2012 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 20, no 11, 1867-1887 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The design of regional policy tools for supporting economic development in theknowledge economy requires an understanding of the links between extra- and intra-regionalknowledge interactions. In this paper, we argue that policymakers must shift from focusingprimarily on the development of regionalized relationships and institutions, in which knowledgeis “embedded”, to a more outward looking approach. We develop the idea of knowledgeanchoring which refers to the many ways in which firms (and other actors) incorporate newknowledge into regional economies through interactions and relations that include actors whoare located close by as well as at a distance. In this way, knowledge may be “anchored”territorially because it has become part of the routines and activities of many firms in aparticular region. Whilst individual firms are concerned to access extra-regional knowledge andsecure it within their own organizations, policymakers are concerned with wider knowledgeanchoring to tie knowledge into a regional economy. The paper explores the ways in whichexisting regional policy supports extra-regional knowledge interactions and the subsequentrecirculation of knowledge. We suggest that the key features of knowledge anchoring as a policyconcept are that it is flexible with regard to the nature and scale of knowledge interactions, andthat it focuses on the linking of extra- and intra-regional relations via the combination and“stretching-out” of knowledge interactions across time and space.

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Florence, Kentucky: Routledge, 2012. Vol. 20, no 11, 1867-1887 p.
Keyword [en]
knowledge economy, knowledge anchoring, regional policy, European regions
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Social and Economic Geography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-15425DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.723425ISI: 000310309800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-15425DiVA: diva2:564773
Available from: 2012-11-04 Created: 2012-11-04 Last updated: 2016-03-21Bibliographically approved

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