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Leadership in Regional Innovation Systems. A case study of two policy networks in the region of Scania, Sweden.

Miörner, Johan LU (2015) EKHM51 20151
Department of Economic History
Abstract
Scholars have argued that successful policymaking should take into account the systemic aspect of a Regional Innovation System and involve a variety of actors in policy processes. Leadership is an important element for enabling collaboration and coordination among these actors, for example in the emergence of policy networks. The aim of this study is to provide a dynamic view of leadership in policy networks and how regional leadership is exercised through these networks. The conceptual framework suggests a model for analyzing task-oriented policy networks consisting of four phases with different characteristics: identifying tasks, establishing a network, producing outcomes and re-organizing the network. It is applied on a qualitative case... (More)
Scholars have argued that successful policymaking should take into account the systemic aspect of a Regional Innovation System and involve a variety of actors in policy processes. Leadership is an important element for enabling collaboration and coordination among these actors, for example in the emergence of policy networks. The aim of this study is to provide a dynamic view of leadership in policy networks and how regional leadership is exercised through these networks. The conceptual framework suggests a model for analyzing task-oriented policy networks consisting of four phases with different characteristics: identifying tasks, establishing a network, producing outcomes and re-organizing the network. It is applied on a qualitative case study of two policy networks in the region of Scania (Sweden), drawing on 15 interviews with key stakeholders, as well as a desk-based analysis of secondary data. The role of leadership in policy networks can be summarized as being dependent on a number of aspects such as the origin of the network initiative, the characteristics of the current phase of development and the varying need for building internal and external legitimacy. The types of outcomes have varied between the two networks, ranging from process outputs such as arenas for stakeholder involvement in policy processes to results of substance such as an innovation strategy for the region, and to a certain extent leadership has been exercised through the policy networks. (Less)
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Miörner, Johan LU
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EKHM51 20151
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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leadership, innovation policy, networks, regional innovation systems
language
English
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7374112
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2015-06-25 12:34:32
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  abstract     = {Scholars have argued that successful policymaking should take into account the systemic aspect of a Regional Innovation System and involve a variety of actors in policy processes. Leadership is an important element for enabling collaboration and coordination among these actors, for example in the emergence of policy networks. The aim of this study is to provide a dynamic view of leadership in policy networks and how regional leadership is exercised through these networks. The conceptual framework suggests a model for analyzing task-oriented policy networks consisting of four phases with different characteristics: identifying tasks, establishing a network, producing outcomes and re-organizing the network. It is applied on a qualitative case study of two policy networks in the region of Scania (Sweden), drawing on 15 interviews with key stakeholders, as well as a desk-based analysis of secondary data. The role of leadership in policy networks can be summarized as being dependent on a number of aspects such as the origin of the network initiative, the characteristics of the current phase of development and the varying need for building internal and external legitimacy. The types of outcomes have varied between the two networks, ranging from process outputs such as arenas for stakeholder involvement in policy processes to results of substance such as an innovation strategy for the region, and to a certain extent leadership has been exercised through the policy networks.},
  author       = {Miörner, Johan},
  keyword      = {leadership,innovation policy,networks,regional innovation systems},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Leadership in Regional Innovation Systems. A case study of two policy networks in the region of Scania, Sweden.},
  year         = {2015},
}