Network Strategies for Regional Growth

Heléne Lundberg, Martin Johanson

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The past twenty years have seen a shift in the economic policies pursued in many countries. Networks and networking have become buzz words in business, academe, and regional and national governments as the traditional macro-perspective on economic conditions has increasingly been superseded by a greater interest in the micro-economic business environment (Wilson 1995). The focus is no longer on specific companies or on the market in general; instead, specific relationships and networks between companies in a region are the object of policy-makers’ priorities. Vast public resources are now being poured into projects and programmes that aim to support the development of relationships between various companies in a specific region in order to achieve growth (see Figure 1.1). Governments worldwide are addressing regional and local development issues using a more decentralized approach, paying increased attention to resources and knowledge available at the local level and accessible through networking. As a result, regional plans and strategies often incorporate the aim of developing and maintaining relationships between companies in a region in order to achieve growth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetwork Strategies for Regional Growth
EditorsMartin Johanson, Heléne Lundberg
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780230299146
ISBN (Print)9780230273306, 9781349323838
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


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