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Creating Regional Wealth in the Innovation Economy: Models, Perspectives, and Best Practices by Dr. Daniel Rouach, Jeff Saperstein

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Chapter 9. Entrepreneurship Infusion: Political and Societal Change for the Innovation Economy

Political Entrepreneurship

Picking up on Leif Edvinsson's concepts of political entrepreneurship and regional cultivation, this chapter identifies and describes some Swedish initiatives that exemplify how government involvement has helped Sweden to develop as a high-tech region and is continuing to do so today. The government has traditionally played a central role throughout Sweden's business environment, contrasting it to the UK and the U.S. for example. The Swedish government's efforts aim to intervene where free market dynamics are unable to supply the elements required for a high-tech–friendly environment. Accepting a new reality and the consequences ...

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