Finnish Mosaic of Regional Innovation System-Assessment of Thematic Regional Innovation Platforms Based on Related Variety

Tuomo Uotila*, Vesa Harmaakorpi, Raine Hermans

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The emphasis of Finnish innovation policy has very much been on promoting actions that can be labelled as science-technology-innovation mode of innovation, which is based on the production and use of codified scientific and technical knowledge. However, recent research has emphasized also the importance of more experienced-based mode of learning and innovation, which can be labelled as doing-using-interacting mode of innovation. This study is an attempt to shed light on the current development phase of Finnish innovation system facing the new paradigm. The Finnish innovation system is seen as a mosaic of regional innovation systems. The regional innovation systems are analysed through a developed framework including elements of theories of innovation systems and cluster theories as well as two recent national-level strategy documents. One of the main concepts of the study is related variety in regional innovation platforms. This study also aims at creating a pragmatic framework for describing related variety at the regional level by combining aspects from two theoretical frameworks. The empirical data were gathered in a series of workshops in all the Finnish regions during the year 2008. The result maps Finnish thematic regional innovation platforms fuelled by related variety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1583-1602
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



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