Isaksen, A., Kyllingstad, N., Rypestøl, J.O., & Schulze-Krogh, A.C. (2018). Differentiated regional entrepreneurial discovery processes. A conceptual discussion and empirical Illustration from three emergent clusters.



The paper aims to contribute to better understanding of entrepreneurial discovery processes and regional industrial growth by examining (1) how different regional contexts affect entrepreneurial discoveries, and (2) how entrepreneurial discoveries support specific types of industrial path development in different regions. The paper includes empirical studies of the formation and growth of three 'official' regional clusters supported by Innovation Norway's programme for immature clusters. The paper argues that entrepreneurial discoveries should be institutionalized (by system level entrepreneurs) to achieve considerable regional industrial effects. In our cases institutionalization occurs through the creation of cluster organizations and development of the knowledge infrastructure.