2011 volume 29(1) pages 96 – 112
doi:10.1068/c1066r

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Sotarauta M, Pulkkinen R, 2011, "Institutional entrepreneurship for knowledge regions: in search of a fresh set of questions for regional innovation studies" Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 29(1) 96 – 112

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Institutional entrepreneurship for knowledge regions: in search of a fresh set of questions for regional innovation studies

Markku Sotarauta, Riina Pulkkinen

Received 24 March 2010; in revised form 10 October 2010

Abstract. We investigate conceptually the institutional change process and innovation underpinning knowledge-based regional development from the point of view of institutional entrepreneurship. The main aim is to raise institutional entrepreneurship among debated concepts in regional development studies. We set out to discuss the following question: what kind of conceptual base provides empirical studies with a fresh set of research questions and hence point of departure in a study of the ways in which actors influence the course of events and aim to change the very institutional setting in which they are embedded?

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