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Increased complexity and rapid pace of change demand more from people responsible for regional development at various levels of activity. This paper has its roots in a belief that the more complex situations are the more regional development is dependent on the leadership and network management capacity of key individuals. It suggests that by studying more deeply the roles that various individuals, and coalitions formed by them, have in institutionalization, deinstitutionalization and deinstitutionalization processes might provide with additional analytical leverage in regional development studies. This paper focuses on diffuse networks of dispersed powers from a Finnish regional development officer's point of view.
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