Innovating In The Periphery: Firms, Values, And Innovation In Southwest Norway

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How do peripheral and relatively isolated regions innovate? Recent research has tended to stress the importance of agglomeration economies and geographical proximity as key motors of innovation. According to this research, large core areas have significant advantages with respect to peripheral areas in innovation potential. Yet, despite these trends, some remote areas of the periphery are remarkably innovative even in the absence of critical innovation masses. In this paper, the authors examine one such case - the region of Southwest Norway - which has managed to remain innovative and dynamic, despite having a below average investment in R&D in the Norwegian context.