Understanding processes of path renewal and creation in thick specialized regional innovation systems: Evidence from two textile districts in Italy and Sweden

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The type of regional innovation system (RIS) strongly affects possibilities of paths of industrial transformation. This paper argues that traditional manufacturing districts, corresponding to specialized RISs and characterized by various nuclei of specialization and know-how, may foster different trajectories in combination with extra-regional networks. In particular, the paper analyses the interplay between regional and national innovation systems, providing an overview of the effect that different multilevel dynamics have on local trajectories. The cases of the textile districts in Prato (Italy) and Borås (Sweden) show SRISs can display not only path extension but also path renewal and creation strategies.


External organisations
  • University of Florence
  • Foundation for Research and Innovation (FRI)
  • Aalborg University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Business Administration
  • Economic History


  • path development, regional innovation system, textile, knowledge nuclei, innovation policy, industrial district
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Early online date2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019
Publication categoryResearch