Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role and the relevance of knowledge-based capital as a strategic resource and a source of regional innovation capacity. The paper identifies human, relational, structural and social capital as the four main knowledge-based categories building the knowledge-based capital of a region. The role of each knowledge-based category in determining regional innovation capacity is analyzed. Specifically, the authors discuss the relationships among the knowledge-based categories and a regional innovation capacity. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on an in-depth literature review of the knowledge management and regional innovation research stream. The fundamental underlying research questions that have driven the research are: “What are the knowledge-based capital categories affecting a region's innovation capacity?” and “How do knowledge-based categories influence regional innovation capacity?”. The paper is conceptual in its nature and aims to delineate a theory-based framework to drive further empirical research. Findings – The paper first clarifies the concept of knowledge-based capital and of regional innovation capacity. These are two key concepts for understanding the role and relevance of the knowledge assets bundles in the creation, development and management of innovation capabilities at regional level. Then the paper explores how knowledge-based components affect the innovation capacity of a region. This is an issue of great relevance for both theory and practice. From the theory point of view it allows the identification of the main factors characterising the links between knowledge assets and innovation capacity, while from a practical point of view it can provide implications for policy makers for the definition of policies oriented towards the development of regional knowledge asset domains to develop regional innovation capacity. Originality/value – The paper provides an answer to the need to develop a holistic view of the links between a region's knowledge-based capital and its innovation capacity. Indeed, most of the studies in the literature have analysed the links between isolated knowledge asset categories and innovation capabilities. The paper, on the basis of a clear definition of knowledge-based capital and innovation capacity, analyses why regional knowledge foundations make differences in the innovation capacity of regions.

Knowledge-based capital in building regional innovation capacity

2008

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role and the relevance of knowledge-based capital as a strategic resource and a source of regional innovation capacity. The paper identifies human, relational, structural and social capital as the four main knowledge-based categories building the knowledge-based capital of a region. The role of each knowledge-based category in determining regional innovation capacity is analyzed. Specifically, the authors discuss the relationships among the knowledge-based categories and a regional innovation capacity. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on an in-depth literature review of the knowledge management and regional innovation research stream. The fundamental underlying research questions that have driven the research are: “What are the knowledge-based capital categories affecting a region's innovation capacity?” and “How do knowledge-based categories influence regional innovation capacity?”. The paper is conceptual in its nature and aims to delineate a theory-based framework to drive further empirical research. Findings – The paper first clarifies the concept of knowledge-based capital and of regional innovation capacity. These are two key concepts for understanding the role and relevance of the knowledge assets bundles in the creation, development and management of innovation capabilities at regional level. Then the paper explores how knowledge-based components affect the innovation capacity of a region. This is an issue of great relevance for both theory and practice. From the theory point of view it allows the identification of the main factors characterising the links between knowledge assets and innovation capacity, while from a practical point of view it can provide implications for policy makers for the definition of policies oriented towards the development of regional knowledge asset domains to develop regional innovation capacity. Originality/value – The paper provides an answer to the need to develop a holistic view of the links between a region's knowledge-based capital and its innovation capacity. Indeed, most of the studies in the literature have analysed the links between isolated knowledge asset categories and innovation capabilities. The paper, on the basis of a clear definition of knowledge-based capital and innovation capacity, analyses why regional knowledge foundations make differences in the innovation capacity of regions.
Innovation; Knowledge management; Regional development
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