There is a broad and long-standing debate on possible solutions to the regional vulnerabilities of globalisation. In 2014, the European Commission began implementing Smart Specialisation Strategy, a place-based strategy of growth, regional transformation and new industrial policy with collective entrepreneurial discovery processes (EDP) at its core. This volume approaches the mystery of entrepreneurial discovery; that is, how relevant knowledge is created, converted and shared in a process of discovery.

These essays bring together scholars from economics, geography, sociology, organisation studies, innovation studies, and complexity theory, offering new approaches to overcome the limitations of place-based development and suggesting improved methods leading to growth.

chapter |8 pages


Smart specialisation: expectations, challenges and solutions
ByÅge Mariussen, Seija Virkkala

part I|84 pages

Entrepreneurial discovery processes and their institutional challenges

chapter 1|24 pages

Self-discovery enabling entrepreneurial discovery processes

BySeija Virkkala, Åge Mariussen

chapter 2|19 pages

Entrepreneurial discovery processes in different regional contexts

A conceptual discussion
ByArne Isaksen, Nina Kyllingstad, Jan Ole Rypestøl, Ann Camilla Schulze-Krogh

chapter 3|20 pages

The institutional worlds of entrepreneurial discovery

Finding a place for less developed regions
ByJiří Blažek, Kevin Morgan

chapter 4|18 pages

Entrepreneurial discovery processes through a wicked game approach

Civil society engagement as a possibility for exploration
ByAntti Mäenpää, Niklas Lundström

part II|84 pages

Collaborative micro-level arrangements creating new knowledge

chapter 5|20 pages

Career mobility, hybridity and knowledge combination

A ‘third space’ perspective
ByAlice Lam

chapter 6|21 pages

The bond, the bridge and the broker

Knowledge conversion in the university–industry nexus
ByHåkon Finne, Tone Merethe Aasen

part III|74 pages

Macro-level impacts from micro-level solutions

chapter 10|24 pages

Moving beyond related variety

Creating firm-level ambidexterity for economic growth via the entrepreneurial discovery process
ByNhien Nguyen, Åge Mariussen

chapter 11|30 pages

Smart specialisation and interregional learning via thematic partnerships

ByÅge Mariussen, Fatime Barbara Hegyi, Ruslan Rakhmatullin

part IV|54 pages

Lessons from systems of innovation

chapter 12|16 pages

Science–practice knowledge interaction in the Norwegian fish farming industry

ByTone Merethe Aasen, Eli Fyhn Ullern, Åge Mariussen

chapter 13|19 pages

The transformation of Lofoten islands into a year-round experience destination

ByJarle Løvland, Håkon Finne

chapter 14|16 pages

Historical examples of entrepreneurial discovery

Revisiting the manufacturing history of Raufoss evolving between exploration and exploitation
ByAsbjørn Karlsen

part V|17 pages

Summary and conclusions

chapter 15|15 pages

Summary and conclusions

ByÅge Mariussen, Håkon Finne