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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 120
Title: Building Cultural and Social Indicators of Regional Innovation Capacity
Lead Author: Walshok, Mary L
Abstract: The inexorable forces of globalization, demographic shifts, and rapid changes in technology have all contributed to a wrenching economic crisis across the entire country. How to regenerate the American economy to assure global competitiveness and good jobs has become the central challenge of the decade. While everyone from academics to journalists, economic developers and civic leaders are attempting to understand this downturn, they continue to rely on models of growth, analytical tools, metrics, and traditional disciplinary frameworks more suited to an industrial age while growth today is driven by developments in knowledge and innovation. The research challenge the authors find most compelling is the need to enhance the existing academic knowledge of dynamic and innovative regional eco-systems with the insights of more diverse fields of scientific inquiry, such as industrial history, cultural geography, and sociology. To fully understand and better promote change within regions it is essential to understand that economic dynamics are embedded in systems of socio-cultural values and behavioral practices, which can be rigorously studied and understood.
PDF: Walshok_Mary_120.pdf

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