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Evidence-informed decision-making in Smart Specialisation Strategies: a patent-based approach for discovering regional technological capabilities

Natalicchio, Angelo; Mora, Luca; Ardito, Lorenzo; Petruzzelli, Antonio Messeni


Angelo Natalicchio

Lorenzo Ardito

Antonio Messeni Petruzzelli


Discovering regional technological capabilities is key to underpinning the place-based and evidence-driven logic of Smart Specialisation. However, a comprehensive methodological approach for operationalizing the mapping, assessment and benchmarking of regional technological knowledge is urgently required. To address this need, we design and test a patent-based methodology that helps to profile technological domains in European Union regions, detects technological competitive advantages and opportunities for knowledge recombination, assesses selected S3 priorities against regional innovation performance measures, and conducts benchmarking activities. This study lays the foundation for tailoring a digital application to complement the suite of online services for S3 development currently available.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 20, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 16, 2021
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 17, 2023
Journal Regional Studies
Print ISSN 0034-3404
Electronic ISSN 1360-0591
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Issue 9
Pages 1442-1453
Keywords Smart Specialisation, regional innovation, technological profiling, regional technological capabilities, patent-based methodology
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