Universities, knowledge networks and regional policy

HUGGINS, Robert, JOHNSTON, Andrew and STEFFENSON, Rebecca (2008). Universities, knowledge networks and regional policy. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 1 (2), 321-340.


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As knowledge becomes an increasingly important part of regional innovation and development processes, the role of universities has come to the fore of regional innovation and economic development policy The objective of this paper is to critically review and assess the structure and function of knowledge networks and modes of engagement between universities and the business community in regional settings and contexts. It is argued that while regional knowledge networks and modes of engagement between universities and the business community are becoming increasingly prevalent, it is often difficult to ascribe investments in knowledge-based infrastructure to improved regional competitiveness. It is concluded that in a globalised knowledge environment the engagement between universities and regional business communities must be based on a mutual understanding of the role of both network and market-based knowledge interactions.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Management
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsn013
Depositing User: Andrew Johnston
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 08:31
Last Modified: 11 May 2018 21:21
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6925

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