Emerging industries: institutions, legitimacy and system-level agency

Huiwen Gong, Christian Binz, Robert Hassink, Michaela Trippl

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Economic geographers have studied emerging industries in regions from various perspectives, such as life cycle, evolutionary economic geography and systemic approaches. However, so far they have insufficiently conceptualized the effects of institutional structures on new industry emergence. This special issue on ‘Emerging Industries: Institutions, Legitimacy and System Building’ therefore shows recent work that seeks to advance the analysis of emerging industries by drawing on institutional approaches. The present introductory article identifies key characteristics of ‘emerging industries’, establishes a heuristic for the conceptualization of the institutional dynamics in emerging industries, applies it to the special issue papers and outlines a future research agenda.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-535
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social and Economic Geography

Free keywords

  • economic geography
  • emerging industries
  • heuristic
  • institutions


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