This book focuses on the challenges facing small economies in the current context of increasing globalization. Combining diverse theoretical perspectives and insights from different regions across the world, the 12 chapters provide answers to two broad questions: How can regional economies position themselves with respect to national economies and global technology blocs? In a context of market globalization and accelerated technological development, how can they take advantage of technological progress and business opportunities?
This book appears at a time when nations and regions are increasingly faced with the need to position themselves with respect to competitors around the world and, in many cases, make some hard choices in terms of their technological, industrial and human resources development. The paradox between globalization and regionalization raises some fundamental issues that need to be addressed in the very immediate future.
The book, written by international experts, is organized around five major themes: technology and prospects for regional development; development, diffusion and utilization of technology in small industrialized economies; the effects of R & D spillovers on regional development; technological collaboration and regional economic development; and technological change and human resources management.
Introduction PART ONE: TECHNOLOGY AND PROSPECTS FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Innovation, Technology and Regional Development - Ray P Oakey and Alan W Pearson Technology Dynamics - Koenraad Debackere, Bart Clarysse and R Van Dierdonck Implications for Regional Development Flexible Production, Regional Development and Public Policy - Rebecca Morales PART TWO: DEVELOPMENT, DIFFUSION AND UTILIZATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN SMALL INDUSTRIALIZED ECONOMIES: THE CASES OF SWEDEN, SINGAPORE AND NEW ZEALAND Technological Systems - Bo Carlsson and Staffan Jacobsson Four Swedish Cases and Their Policy Implications Small, Newly Industrializing Economies Facing Technology Globalization - Poh-Kam Wong A Singaporean Perspective The Development of Science and Technology Policy in a Small and Open Economy - George F Stuart, Paul R Frater and Dennis Rose The New Zealand Experience PART THREE: REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES AND R & D SPILLOVERS: THE CASE OF THE USA On the Microeconomics of R & D Spillovers - James D Adams and Adam B Jaffe R & D Spillovers - Zoltan J Acs and David B Audretsch PART FOUR: TECHNOLOGICAL COLLABORATION AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Technology Co-Operation across the Border? The Case of a Dutch-Belgian-German Border Region: Euregion Maas-Rhine Fabienne Corvers, Ben Dankbaar and Robert Hassink PART FIVE: TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT The End of the Cinderella Syndrome? Service Innovation in the Information Economy - Ken Ducatel and Ian Miles Education, Training and Competitiveness - Patrice de Broucker The Role of Coherence Out of Sync - Gordon Betcherman, Kathryn McMullen and Norm Leckie Technological and Organizational Change in Canadian Industry