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Spirit Valley Innovation Networks – Diversification and Related Variety as Drivers of Regional Economic Growth

Sack, Lionel LU (2011) EKHR21 20111
Department of Economic History
Abstract
In the framework of clusters and innovation systems, several scholars have mentioned the phenomena of related variety and diversification. Variety in specific has been observed in a number of different industries and agglomerations, but not extensively examined yet. This study tries to understand innovation in the spirit-industry of the cognac region, recently baptized Spirit Valley, and more specifically focuses on local firms’ diversification from traditional cognac production. By this, it points out the generic background of variety and its value for local firms and regional growth. In the past two decades, new and often very successful products have been developed by local firms and have had important impacts on the local and global... (More)
In the framework of clusters and innovation systems, several scholars have mentioned the phenomena of related variety and diversification. Variety in specific has been observed in a number of different industries and agglomerations, but not extensively examined yet. This study tries to understand innovation in the spirit-industry of the cognac region, recently baptized Spirit Valley, and more specifically focuses on local firms’ diversification from traditional cognac production. By this, it points out the generic background of variety and its value for local firms and regional growth. In the past two decades, new and often very successful products have been developed by local firms and have had important impacts on the local and global spirit industry. For this specific industry, the study shows the necessity for combination of different knowledge types and sources to successfully diversify and compete. It also reveals the importance of external inputs for the functioning of the local system. In this sense, it sheds light on the functioning of local innovation and resulting variety in the particular constellation of a newly innovating, but traditional and historic know-how based cluster. (Less)
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author
Sack, Lionel LU
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organization
course
EKHR21 20111
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
spirits industry, product innovation, related variety, smart specialisation, cluster, regional innovation systems, innovation policy
language
English
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2202128
date added to LUP
2011-11-11 10:07:28
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2011-11-11 10:07:28
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  abstract     = {In the framework of clusters and innovation systems, several scholars have mentioned the phenomena of related variety and diversification. Variety in specific has been observed in a number of different industries and agglomerations, but not extensively examined yet. This study tries to understand innovation in the spirit-industry of the cognac region, recently baptized Spirit Valley, and more specifically focuses on local firms’ diversification from traditional cognac production. By this, it points out the generic background of variety and its value for local firms and regional growth. In the past two decades, new and often very successful products have been developed by local firms and have had important impacts on the local and global spirit industry. For this specific industry, the study shows the necessity for combination of different knowledge types and sources to successfully diversify and compete. It also reveals the importance of external inputs for the functioning of the local system. In this sense, it sheds light on the functioning of local innovation and resulting variety in the particular constellation of a newly innovating, but traditional and historic know-how based cluster.},
  author       = {Sack, Lionel},
  keyword      = {spirits industry,product innovation,related variety,smart specialisation,cluster,regional innovation systems,innovation policy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Spirit Valley Innovation Networks – Diversification and Related Variety as Drivers of Regional Economic Growth},
  year         = {2011},
}