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Inteligentne specjalizacje regionalne – nowa idea i wyzwanie dla polityki regionalnej
Regional smart specializations – a new idea and a challenge for regional policy

Author(s): Aleksandra Nowakowska
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego we Wrocławiu
Keywords: smart specialization; innovation; development of regions; regional policy

Summary/Abstract: At the beginning of the twenty-first century, low competitiveness of the economy and the deepening gap in relation to the world’s economic powers were the key problems of the European Community. These problems have become the basis for criticism of current innovation policy and the search for new methods, tools, and development trajectories. The answer to these challenges is the concept of smart regional specializations proposed along with a new vision of the development of the EU, known as Europe 2020 Strategy. Smart specialization is a new paradigm for building competitive advantage of regions. It is also a new way of regional innovation policy, aiming to eliminate barriers and failures in building innovation capacity of regions. The purpose of this article is to show the essence of the concept of regional smart specializations. The article identifies the theoretical assumptions and describes the key elements of this new approach. It exposes the novelty of the concept.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 380
  • Page Range: 310-318
  • Page Count: 9