Cross-Border Regional Innovation System Integration: An Analytical Framework

Teemu Makkonen, Adi Weidenfeld, Allan M. Williams

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The importance of inter-regional co-operation and innovation are widely accepted in the development rhetoric of the European Union. The highlighted importance of both themes in the context of borderlands has recently led to the coining of a new concept, cross-border regional innovation system. However, little attention has been given to the empirical analysis of the concept. This paper suggests a framework for empirically validating the concept by examining the levels of integration between cross-border regions. The outcome is a proposed framework that can be operationalised by measurable indicators of cross-border co-operation in a regional innovation system setting. The framework was further tested with illustrative empirical cases that demonstrate its feasibility.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalTijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)805-820
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 15.09.2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Cross-border region
  • European Union
  • integration
  • knowledge transfer
  • proximity
  • regional innovation system


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