Competitiveness, Localised Learning and Regional Development: Specialisation and Prosperity in Small Open Economies

Competitiveness, Localised Learning and Regional Development: Specialisation and Prosperity in Small Open Economies

Competitiveness, Localised Learning and Regional Development: Specialisation and Prosperity in Small Open Economies

Competitiveness, Localised Learning and Regional Development: Specialisation and Prosperity in Small Open Economies

Synopsis

This book points the way out of a dilemma created by recent industrial theory and policy: the possibility for countries which are not destined to be leading high-tech powers to take advantage of the current trend for increasingly open markets.

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Heikki Eskelinen is an economist and Head of the Social Science Department at the Karelian Institute, University of Joensuu, Finland. He has specialised in the analysis of regional and industrial development in peripheral regions in northern Europe.

Ingjaldur Hannibalsson is Associate Professor in Operations Management in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Iceland. He earned his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering from the Ohio State University in Columbus, usa. He has been the director of the Icelandic Technological Institute, and the Trade Council of Iceland. He has also held other positions in trade and industry and served as chairman of the Department of Business Administration.

Anders Malmberg is Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden. Between 1990 and 1995 he was co-ordinator of the European Science Foundation research programme on Regional and Urban Restructuring in Europe. His research is concerned with industrial transformation on the one hand and local and regional economic development on the other, primarily in a Nordic and European context.

Peter Maskell is Professor in Regional Economics at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He is former chairman of the Social Science Research Council of Denmark and member of the European Science Foundation Standing Committee of the Social Sciences. His activities include work on a number of governmental committees and being on the board of several research institutions and private companies. He is presently engaged in the work of the Danish Research Unit on Industrial Dynamics (DRUID).

Eirik Vatne is Professor in Economic Geography at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen, Norway, and a scientific advisor at the Foundation for Research in Economics and Business Administration, Centre for Energy and Industrial Economics. His research interests are industrial transformation, territorial division of labour, oil and gas industry and small business development.

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