Roel Rutten

Roel Rutten
Tilburg University | UVT · Department of Organization Studies

PhD

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First of all, the concern for time in QCA is really nothing more than a concern for sequence, for the temporal ordering of conditions in a configuration. However, sequence makes for a very flat ontology of time. Time is much more complex than a simplistic A before B. Social reality is emergent, with things happening simultaneously (synchronic emerg...
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Uncertainty undermines causal claims; however, the nature of causal claims decides what counts as relevant uncertainty. Empirical robustness is imperative in regularity theories of causality. Regularity theory features strongly in QCA, making its case-sensitivity a weakness. Following QCA-founder Charles Ragin's emphasis on ontological realism, thi...
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This editorial presents the Regional Studies special issue entitled ‘Smart Specialisation and Learning Regions as a Competitive Strategy for Less Developed Regions’, which promotes theoretical and empirical research on Smart Specialisation Strategies in less developed regions, highlighting the role of collaborative networks, regional development po...
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Purpose - The realization of a sustainable, socially just and flourishing future requires large scale change (LSC) driven by collaborative, goal-directed networks, which need to become more effective in order to take on persistent problems. Design/methodology/approach - Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) is used to examine ten early childhood...
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The regional innovation systems (RIS) concept has become popular among academics, political decision-makers and regional stakeholders of innovation. Understanding the competitive dynamics of RIS and their impact on regional competitiveness today has thus become a priority. This paper provides researchers, academics, political decision-makers and ot...
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Applying Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to large Ns relaxes researchers' case-based knowledge. This is problematic because causality in QCA is inferred from a dialogue between empirical, theoretical and case-based knowledge. The lack of case-based knowledge may be remedied by various robustness tests. However, being a case-based method, QCA...
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Unnoticed by economic geography for fifteen years, Boschma's (2005) proximity paper conflates two different causal logics: regularity and substantive interpretation. The former is dominant in variable-based methods, the latter in case-based methods. Using the proximities approach as an example, this paper explains the differences between both logic...
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Unnoticed by economic geography for fifteen years, Boschma’s (2005) proximity paper conflates two different causal logics: regularity and substantive interpretation. The former is dominant in variable-based methods, the latter in case-based methods. Using the proximities approach as an example, this paper explains the differences between both logic...
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Critical realism and complex causality: On the assumptions you buy in to when you are making causal claims
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Cross-border regions are faced with the difficulty that resources for knowledge and innovation may be nearby but difficult to connect to because of the border. Universities could play a supportive role in building innovation environments, facilitating cross-border knowledge exchange. In this research we attempt to understand the systemic roles that...
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This paper scrutinized the links between social status and income of rural households to provide insight into how social status is indicated and used as a strategy for improving livelihood income. It also provides a brief look into some selected key determinants of livelihood income. We applied a two-stage least-squares estimation to household-leve...
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This paper uses spatial economic data from the northern part of Ethiopia to investigate the cost minimizing capacity of social networking, which has not been sufficiently explored from a spatial perspective. Following identification of the domains of transaction costs that could be minimized, a propensity score matching technique is applied to esti...
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Statistical studies evidence that openness values matter for regional innovation but not how they matter. A QCA-study (Qualitative Comparative Analysis) of 108 NorthWest European regions identifies four cross-case mechanisms that explain regional innovation: the diversity, cosmopolitan environment, technology transfer and creativity mechanisms. Onl...
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Since 1989 the European Commission’s policy on border regions has slowly shifted focus. Current Interreg policy is increasingly focused upon innovation and cooperation between SMEs. In this paper we question whether this emphasis on firms and innovation neglects the build-up of other kinds of activities and institutions antecedent to effective firm...
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Border regions are not often associated with innovation and economic prosperity. And even when they are prosperous, cross-border interaction is still mostly limited. The opening up of borders in Europe has presented new opportunities for firms located in these border regions to co-operate for innovation and knowledge to flow across borders. Despite...
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This chapter studies knowledge creation in temporary organizations (TOs) to address the relationship between TOs and their permanent environment. Knowledge creation is a process of interaction in an organizational context that must combine hierarchy/control and flexibility/autonomy elements. Based on a case study of twelve inter-organizational TOs,...
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The spatial dimension of rural–urban linkage has become a new subject of debate in regional development. In most empirical research the focus has usually been on the role of small urban centers in rural development. However, the effects of different particulars of the linkage such as spatial proximity to small towns on income of the hinterlands’ pe...
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Knowledge creation is recognized as interaction between individuals in a social context but geography-of-knowledge-creation research inadequately connects social context to physical place. The proximities approach reduces physical place to near-far dichotomies and territorial innovation models conflate social context and physical place. This paper...
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This chapter explains how cultural capital affects the competitiveness of Indonesia's Cibaduyut footwear cluster. Cultural capital are norms and values affecting community behaviour that in turn affect cluster innovation, market share, and productivity. Small family businesses with a long tradition of stability and pursuing family interests dominat...
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Roel Rutten is assistant professor at the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Tilburg University and has worked as a consultant of regional innovation policy. His research interests include innovation and organization and the geography of innovation and learning. He is a founding member of the Social Dynamics of Innovation Networks researc...
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The book aims to identify key issues and developments in ASEAN-5 that illustrate the transition of this region towards a knowledge-based economy. The book contributes to understanding the opportunities and challenges faced by emerging economies. It explains the transition process from a knowledge based perspective, showing how knowledge creation an...
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The social dynamics of innovation networks captures the important role of trust, social capital, institutions and norms and values in the creation of knowledge in innovation networks. In doing so, this book connects to a long-standing debate on the socio-spatial context of innovation in economic geography, which is usually referred to as the Territ...
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The learning region has been unsuccessful in delivering its main ambition of conceptualizing the relation between space and learning. Taking the region as the level of analysis biased the learning region towards learning in regional networks up to the point where it conflates regions with networks. As learning is a process of social interaction bet...
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The economy today is more globalized than ever before in the history of mankind. While the limits of electronic communication are continuously pushed beyond new horizons, globalization can only be expected to increase further (Friedman 2005). Paradoxically, perhaps, the economy is at the same time increasingly an economy of regions (Morgan 2004; Sc...
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This chapter has three main aims. The first of these is to discuss and critique the main spatial and non-spatial theories that address methods by which societies may transition from a hydrocarbon to a post-hydrocarbon technological regime. It is argued that the first approach, which combines urban regime theory of politics with ecological modernisa...
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Cooperation and clusters have become the guiding paradigms for explaninig and promoting regional competitiveness, but the cooperation process between firms and universities and the transfer os knowledge in guiding and nurturing regional competitiveness has received relatively litle attention...
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Conceptually ambiguous and too intimately connected to regional innovation policy, the 'learning region'failed to develop into a mature concept. This paper and the special issue it introduces take stock of advances in the learning region literature of the past twenty years. It then suggests a different approach to conceptualizing the relation betwe...
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This paper discusses two models for economic development of the automotive industry in the Indonesian Jabotabek region. The Keiretsu model combines access to Japanese knowledge with dependence on Japanese MNEs. To become less vulnerable in the global economy, the region needs to develop a capacity for indigenous growth based on interactive learning...
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Embeddedness studies often follow a structural approach, arguing, for example, that long-term relations are necessary for trust to develop. A case study of the Dutch company Océ shows that such need not be the case. Taking the process of knowledge creation as the starting-point of analysis, this can be explained. However, it is the content of netwo...
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Social capital pertains to the social relations between humans, and since these social relations have a spatial dimension, so too does social capital. However, the spatial dimension of social capital has received little attention in the literature so far. Even in a glo-balizing world where electronic and virtual communication have the potential to...
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Social values are argued to effect economic life. The literature distinguishes several key social values, such as social capital, modernism and tolerance. Overlapping and conflicting views argue that higher levels of social values correlate with higher levels of economic development. Our paper contributes to the literature in two ways. First, we de...
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In this special issue, we attempted to combine two multifaceted concepts, social capital and space, a difficult and complex task. The various papers in this special issue have all demonstrated that social capital has a spatial dimension but they have also demonstrated that a straightforward connection between the two concepts does not emerge. In ou...
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This paper discusses the results of an ex post evaluation of the Southeast Brabant cluster scheme in the Netherlands. This scheme, which ran from 1994 through 2005, supported new product development of small and medium-sized enterprises and used temporary collaboration between organisations as a means to stimulate product innovation among SMEs and...
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In this article, we test the creativity and diversity hypothesis of Richard Florida for European regions. Florida argues that the level of regional economic development depends on the levels of technology, talent, and tolerance that regions harbour. Tolerance, in this case, is a measure for diversity of lifestyles, the creativity that results from...
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A considerable body of research has analyzed the impact of a firm's geographic position and levels of organizational and territorial embeddedness on its performance. Generally these studies have assumed that firms are immobile. Research that has focused on the effects of the relocation of firms has treated firms mainly as atomistic actors that can...
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Technology is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for regional economic development. Regional innovation networks transform technology into competitiveness of firms and thus contribute to economic development. Intangible assets, such as social capital, decide how effective regional innovation networks function. Differences in regional social...
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The problem of regional economic development is closely related to the ability of organizations in that region to innovate. Research has shown that this ability differs between regions and is even influenced by the characteristics of a region. The milieu of innovation thesis suggests that several different regional factors affect the innovativeness...
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Het voorwoord beschrijft aan de hand van enkele sleutelpublicaties de opkomst van het denken in termen van 'learning regions'. In essentie is dit gebaseerd dat de regionale inbedding van ondernemingen van cruciaal belang is, ondanks hun wereldwijze optreden. Het belang van die regionale inbedding zit vooral in de steeds intensievere contacten tusse...
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The main goal of the research presented in this paper is to provide an overview of the available insights concerning radical changes in inter-organizational network structures. The following research question has been formulated: what is known about the way organizations in networks deal with, and are affected by, radical changes in inter-organizat...
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This chapter contributes to the expanding body of literature on knowledge, learning, innovation, clusters, networks and space. In most publications the main argument is that today’s economy can be best characterized as a knowledge based economy. In other words, learning and knowledge are the key to innovation and improving competitiveness. At the s...
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This work is a contribution to the growing body of literature on learning, innovation, networks, knowledge and space. The main argument of this literature is that today’s economy can best be characterised as a knowledgebased economy. The argument goes that knowledge and learning are the key to innovation and competitiveness. Furthermore, firms depe...
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This paper presents a case study on the collaboration between Océ, a large Dutch manufacturer of copiers and printers, and several of its lead suppliers within the so-called “knowledge industry clustering” (KIC) project. In 1993 Océ initiated this project to enable innovation by creating inter-organizational teams and new combinations based on the...
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Mode 2, diffusion orientated model, role of HEIs.
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This exhaustive study from an experienced and respected set of editors and authors looks at the impact that universities have on their surroundings, with particular reference to regional development. With contributions from such leading scholars as Peter Maskell and Gunnar Törnqvist, this book will be of great interest to students and academics inv...
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This superb new book develops a knowledge-based theory of innovation, marrying three streams of literature: innovation, inter-firm collaboration and networks, and learning regions. This book will interest all those working in economic geography and the economics of innovation.
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This study examines how firms organize their product development collaborations, as well as what the spatial dimension of those collaboration efforts look like.First, an attempt is made to conceptualize innovation, collaboration, and space from a knowledge-based perspective.This theoretical study of the spatial dimension of interfirm collaboration...
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Co-operation between different organisations can also take place in the sense of contracting and enforcement of contracts. In the traditional understanding of political economics, this is often regarded as a typical government-task. With respect to many aspects, however, the power of national governments as a third-party enforcer is diminishing. In...
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The literature on trust, control and knowledge creation in seems to be moving towards a consensus. Trust is necessary to create an open atmosphere for knowledge creation while control acts as a safeguard against malfeasance. Networks that neglect either one often create less knowledge, such as new skills and products. Temporary networks, however, m...

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Criticise the mainstream, variable-based, regularity approach of causality and elaborate the case-based, substantive interpretation approach to causality. Explain how critical realist philosophy of science informs the substantive interpretation approach and develop QCA (Qualitative Comparative Analysis) as a critical realist method for causal analysis.