Regional Advantage and Innovation: Achieving Australia's by Dr. Susan Kinnear, Kate Charters, Peter Vitartas (auth.),

By Dr. Susan Kinnear, Kate Charters, Peter Vitartas (auth.), Susan Kinnear, Kate Charters, Peter Vitartas (eds.)

Regional components are key construction blocks of society in lots of nations. This compilation makes use of Australian case research examples to illustrate how nearby components are uniquely well-placed to give a contribution to nationwide pursuits in innovation, infrastructure provision, water and meals safeguard, environmental sustainability, diversification, fit and habitable groups, and normal catastrophe preparedness and reaction. every one of those subject matters is tested within the context of utilizing cutting edge techniques from areas to convey results which are nationally major. Authorship is drawn from a stability of prime practitioners and lecturers to supply tales which are either enticing and rigorous. The case experiences are contextualised by means of an research of nearby virtue literature, dialogue at the nearby coverage implications and classes, and remark round the key traits and drivers for innovation and nearby virtue in Australia. The e-book offers a powerful argument that targeting nearby innovation and improvement deals major advantages to a country as a whole.

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2008) report that networking among innovation actors and trust building is a critical indicator of regional cluster performance. The importance of knowledge flow and collaborative networking for successful regional innovation systems is evidenced by a number of seminal examples from overseas. The Emilia Romagna regional cluster of clothing and footwear businesses in Italy is a striking example of collaborative networking and a community of practice that enables multiple SMEs in this sector to share knowledge, overcome size disadvantages through partnerships, and thereby innovate strongly (Mitra 2000).

7 of this volume). As such, a more comprehensive study of innovation needs to include where and when innovation actually happens; and from there, broaden and deepen our understanding of innovation-based opportunities. As commented by Cooke (2006, p. 16), ‘regional innovation systems have played and will continue to play a strategic role in promoting the innovativeness and competitiveness of regions’, but such systems must be strengthened by ‘directing attention to the broader basis of constructing regional advantage’.

There is therefore a strong rationale for the use of innovation, as well as for a whole-of-region approach: the innovation agenda is critical as an umbrella to draw together multiple stakeholders, blend multiple regional agendas, (continued) 15 16 S. Kinnear et al. better integrate regional planning instruments and improve regional decisionmaking. This is possible because innovation is the one agenda that bridges social, economic, environmental and governance issues; because it is relevant to all types of organisational structures and all operational footprints, and because it can be embedded in every regional project, strategy, investment, culture and leadership agenda.

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