A post-mortem of regional innovation policy failure: Scotland's Intermediate Technology Initiative (ITI)

Ross Crawford Brown, Geoff Gregson, Colin Mason

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Abstract

Brown R., Gregson G. and Mason C. A post-mortem of regional innovation policy failure: Scotland's Intermediate Technology Initiative (ITI), Regional Studies. The Intermediate Technology Initiative (ITI) was one of the most ambitious ‘systemic’ regional innovation policy instruments developed in the UK in recent years. However, little of the ITI's anticipated outputs materialized and the programme was prematurely terminated. This paper examines the reasons for its failure, which largely centred on the programme's inappropriate design. The findings suggest that greater recognition needs to be given to the specificities of local entrepreneurial ecosystems when designing, aligning and executing systemic innovation policy instruments. It is argued that paying greater attention to policy failures could potentially help innovation scholars better understand how innovation systems function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1260-1272
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Volume50
Issue number7
Early online date7 Jan 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Regional Innovation Systems
  • Commercialization
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Public policy
  • Peripheral region

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