First published in 1997, this volume originates from the fourth cycle of GREMI (Groupe de Recherche Européen sur les Milieux Innovateurs) research, focusing on territorial innovative processes and the competitive advantages of the complex socio-economic fabric of milieu innovateurs.

The book is divided into three parts. The first, written by the editors, deals specifically with the multi-faced dimensions of local development, placing particular emphasis on the role of territory in producing/reproducing learning processes, tacit/codified knowledge storage and government structures. The second part reports different case studies and their theoretical systematisation, carried out with the same methodology by some ten équipes working in ten different European countries. The last part is devoted to a more general view on the structural adjustment dynamics of innovative milieu, raising useful questions of strategy and policy.

part I|2 pages

The Gremi Research Path

chapter 1|42 pages

The Multi-Faced Dimensions of Local Development

ByAlberto Bramanti, Remigio Ratti

part II|2 pages

European Experiences

chapter 3|34 pages

Structural Trajectories of Innovative Milieux: The Case of the Electronic Sector in Ticino

BySiegfried Alberton, Remigio Ratti

chapter 4|30 pages

Comparative Analysis of the Structural Development of Milieux: The Watch Industry in the Swiss and French Jura Arc

ByDenis Maillat, Gilles Léchot, Bruno Lecoq, Marc Pfister

chapter 5|26 pages

Footwear Production Systems in Italy: A Dynamic Comparative Analysis

ByRoberto Camagni, Roberta Rabellotti

chapter 6|20 pages

The Dynamics of Local Firm Systems: The Case of the Spanish Shoe Industry 1

ByAntonio Vásquez-Barquero, Antonia Sáez-Cala

chapter 8|18 pages

The Sophia-Antipolis Project or the Uncertain Creation of an Innovative Milieu

ByChristian Longhi, Michel Quéré

chapter 10|13 pages

A Microscopic View on Spatial Innovation: The Case of The Netherlands

ByMarina van Geenhuizen

chapter 11|14 pages

Innovative Milieux: Detection and Quantification

ByBernard Guesnier, Olivier Bouba-Olga

part III|2 pages

Structural Adjustement Dynamics of Innovative Milieux: Elements of Strategies and Policies

chapter 12|26 pages

Dynamic and Structural Changes of Localised Productive Systems

ByVéronique Peyrache-Gadeau

chapter 13|23 pages

The Dynamics of Milieux: The Network Analysis Approach

ByAlberto Bramanti, Mario A. Maggioni

chapter 14|24 pages

The Problem of Innovative Milieux and Territorial Structural Adjustment Policies

ByMichel Quéré, Pascale Van Doren

chapter 15|25 pages

Policies for Dynamic Innovative Networks in Innovative Milieux

ByDirk-Jan F. Kamann