Knowledge, Clusters and Regional Innovation : Economic Development in Canada

By Towse, Raymond J. | British Journal of Canadian Studies, May 2005 | Go to article overview

Knowledge, Clusters and Regional Innovation : Economic Development in Canada


Towse, Raymond J., British Journal of Canadian Studies


A. J. Holbrook and D. A. Wolfe (eds), Knowledge, Clusters and Regional Innovation : Economic Development in Canada (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002), xiii + 284pp. Paper. £18-95. ISBN 0-8891-1919-8.

This publication is based on a number of papers which were presented to the second annual conference of the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) in May 2000. The ISRN had its origin in 1998 as a three-year experiment jointly funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council, and the National Research Council. The book draws together the work of network members to present a detailed picture of the complex web of regional and local innovation systems found across Canada. Widespread recognition that innovation is a major key to competitive advantage in modern economies has encouraged Canadians to engage fully in research and debates on such systems with emphasis on knowledge-based activities and technology-based clusters. In early 2001, Paul Martin, then minister of finance, stressed the significance of such clusters as a highly significant factor for Canada's economic prosperity.

The editors of this book claim a special place for Canada in this context, with different features in its system of innovation compared to most other industrialised nations. It is thus claimed that Canada provides a unique laboratory for interdisciplinary studies on innovation. The starting point for the collection is founded on the growing awareness of the dynamics in clusters, and an 'acceptance that geography is important and an institutional infrastructure is essential for creating the 'untraded interdependencies' that shape and constrain the innovative capabilities and competitive dynamics of firms located in that region' (p. 4). In particular, the editors point out that for Canada, in addition to significance for its major industrial regions, innovation processes are seen as key to rejuventation and growth of traditional economic activities in sectors such as resource-based products ('staples') and cultural industries.

The book is organised in a logical four-part structure: Part 1: General and Theoretical; Part 2: Empirical Investigations; Part 3: Clusters; Part 4: Local Economic Development. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Knowledge, Clusters and Regional Innovation : Economic Development in Canada
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.