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An Essay on Entrepreneurial University and Regional Innovation Systems

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2018, 7(3), pp.435-448
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.7.3.12
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : November 22, 2018
  • Accepted : December 11, 2018

Jae-Youl Lee 1 Giljae Lee 2

1충북대학교 지리교육과
2충북대학교

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ABSTRACT

While the goal of balanced territorial development in spatial policy is on the re-rise in Korea, both academia and policy circles pay growing attention to ‘regional innovation’. They are also endeavoring to shed new lights on the role of university in regional innovation. Against this backdrop, this article is designed to offer a critique on the studies of ‘regional innovation systems (RIS)’ and propose a way to examine and understand knowledge-based regional economies in association with university in action. For the purpose, this article reviews the RIS studies, and finds that early studies’ analytical interest was focused largely on firms, institutions, and regions, with little attentiveness to the role of university. The same analytical gap is still found in more recent studies, which put emphasis on the differences between ‘institutional’ and ‘entrepreneurial’ RIS with attention to the nature of ‘intermediaries’ between the subsystems of knowledge generation and knowledge exploitation. Then, we find a clue for the solution from the studies of ‘triple-helix’, which stresses on the role of ‘entrepreneurial university’ and the effect of university-business-government interactions on knowledge-based regional development. We expect that an eclectic employment of RIS and triple-helix could help deepen our knowledge about ‘path creation’ development trajectories in ‘emerging regions’.

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