Regional Innovation Policy : Twente & Overijssel in light of the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2016

Herwaarden, Rutger van (2017) Regional Innovation Policy : Twente & Overijssel in light of the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2016.

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Abstract:During the timeframe of 2008 until 2017, the region of Twente followed a self-developed regional policy, called the Agenda van Twente. Its focus was the strengthening of innovation performance. Based on the Regional Innovation Score (RIS) report of the European Commission in 2016, the province of Overijssel was the only one in the Netherlands to have developed a stronger innovation performance score (+6%). The RIS report also identified several indicators that Overijssel scored lower than average on. In light of the new Agenda van Twente (2018), there is a special interest in examining to what extent Twente contributed in making Overijssel the most innovative province and what, according to the RIS indicators, Twente can still improve upon. After establishing that Twente is indeed the driving force behind innovation in Overijssel through the methodology provided by the RIS, a link between the innovation indicators and corresponding policy instruments within the framework of the regional innovation policy of Twente is established. Based on the indicator data and policy agenda, this thesis argues that a shift from economic policy instruments towards soft would work more beneficial towards increasing innovation performance.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73529
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