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


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.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Policy Studies on 17/06/2010, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: place leadership,public policy,clusters,mature industrial regions,regional economic development
Publication ISSN: 1470-1006
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2023 08:09
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2014 14:42
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Published Date: 2010-07
Authors: Bailey, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1956-0556)
Bellandi, Marco
Caloffi, Annalisa
de Propis, Lisa



Version: Accepted Version

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