Isaksen, A, & Rypestøl, JO.
Isaksen, A., & Rypestøl, J.O. Policy to support digitalisation of industries in various regional settings. A conceptual discussion.
Considered to publication by Norwegian Journal of Geography Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. Under minor revisions.
The purpose of the article is to analyse regions' varying
preconditions for digitalisation of industry and, on that basis, discuss regionally
tailored policy strategies to stimulate digitalisation. Building on both
regional innovation system and asset modification approaches, the authors suggest
a theoretical framework that identifies regions' potential for digitalisation
from their stock of relevant assets at the firm and innovation system level. The
analysis identifies four types of regions with different preconditions to
support digitalisation of industries. This in turn provides the foundation for a
discussion of the role of actor-based and system-based policy strategies to
support digitalisation in each type of region. From existing literature, the authors
discuss empirical examples of digitalisation within each of the four types of
regions but also highlight that individual regions need to tailor the portfolio
of policy support within the identified strategy, as each region is
structurally and institutionally unique.