Learning regions in an evolutionary context: policymaking for high technology firms

M. van Geenhuizen, P. Nijkamp

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We address learning capability in regions or countries with regard to enhancing high-technology economic activity. We adopt an evolutionary perspective, enabling a focus on uncertainty stemming from a complex system and a dynamic multi-actor situation, and to deal with path dependency. First, we discuss public policy making by taking governments as learning organisations in the design and implementation of policies for knowledge-based economic growth. Secondly, we consider needs of small high-technology firms and implications of these for regional knowledge policies. Thirdly, we analyse a particular policy to enhance knowledge-based economic growth in the Netherlands, i.e. concerning biotechnology start-ups, and consider this policy critically from an evolutionary perspective. It appears that after a few years various learning strategies have been adopted, but that others still need to be undertaken. The paper concludes with a discussion on what additional insights can be achieved in policy analysis by using an evolutionary view. Copyright © 2006 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-282
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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