Place-renewing leadership:trajectories of change for mature manufacturing regions in Europe

Bailey, David, Bellandi, Marco, Caloffi, Annalisa and de Propis, Lisa (2010). Place-renewing leadership:trajectories of change for mature manufacturing regions in Europe. Policy Studies, 31 (4), pp. 457-474.

Abstract

The forces of globalisation now impacting on local economies pose threats to the existing paradigm of competences and routines, yet simultaneously offer opportunities to integrate new knowledge and learning. This is particularly pertinent with respect to Europe’s ‘mature regions’, which are undergoing a major economic restructuring by trying to shift from traditional manufacturing activities to hybrid activities that comprise a combination of manufacturing and a higher component of intangible inputs and related knowledge service activities. The objective of the article is to discuss the concept of ‘place leadership’ by looking at how the embedded skills, knowledge and cumulated learning of a place can be used by its institutional infrastructure to identify sustainable growth trajectories. In other words, its aim is to explore how the economic, social, institutional and cultural aspects of places shape the opportunities for upgrading and renovation drawing upon their historical specialisation. The conceptual contribution of the article draws on two case studies, in the West Midlands, UK and in Prato, Tuscany, where we study the processes of decision-making, forms of leadership and ultimately the nature of local leadership.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01442871003723408
Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics finance & entrepreneurship
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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Policy Studies on 17/06/2010, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01442871003723408
Uncontrolled Keywords: place leadership,public policy,clusters,mature industrial regions,regional economic development
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Published Date: 2010-07
Authors: Bailey, David ( 0000-0002-1956-0556)
Bellandi, Marco
Caloffi, Annalisa
de Propis, Lisa

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