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Inter-regional Collaboration in Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).

Inter-regional collaboration is a key component of the implementation of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). This Working Paper examines the dimensions of collaboration in S3 of why, with whom, on what and how to collaborate. Further it provides examples of S3 collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region

Abstract

The objective of this Smart Specialisation Platform Working Paper is to examine the role of inter-regional collaboration in national or regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). It provides a conceptualisation of inter-regional collaboration within the framework of RIS3. It draws from the literature on innovation policy to develop an analytical framework to better understand the multiple dimensions of inter-regional collaboration, namely the why, what, where, who and how of collaboration; and explores how inter-regional collaboration varies according to the six steps of the RIS3 process. Finally, it looks at experiences of inter-regional collaboration for innovation in the Baltic Sea region within this framework.