Title: Smart specialisation for regional economic transformation
Authors: EDWARDS JOHN HUWGIANELLE CARLOKYRIAKOU DimitriosMIDTKANDAL INGER
Publisher: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) - ASIAN AND PACIFIC CENTRE FOR TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY (APCTT)
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC96587
ISSN: 0256-9957
URI: http://techmonitor.net/tm/images/0/0a/15jul_sep_tm_final.pdf
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC96587
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to provide a quick yet comprehensive understanding of the nature and logic of smart specialisation as a place-based strategy for economic transformation and development. The origin and characteristics of the smart specialisation approach in the European Union are presented together with the main challenges for a successful implementation. Smart specialisation is about identifying and pursuing sub-sectoral and inter-sectoral activities, which can be explored by existing but also new entrant firms, where technology can facilitate either radical innovation, or the incremental utilisation of existing skills/strengths in new niches, fostering regional and national technology-savvy economic transformation. Stakeholder involvement through an entrepreneurial discovery process is a defining feature of this approach.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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