Regional Alignment

Session organizers:

Benjamin Montmartin (benjamin.montmartin@gredeg.cnrs.fr), Maryan Feldman (maryann.feldman@unc.edu), Nadine Massad (Nadine.Massard@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr), Ludovic Dibiaggio (ludovic.dibiaggio@skema.edu)


The observed increasing divergence in regional performances (OECD, 2016) have found very diverse and sometimes contradictory explanations.

The objective of this special session is to provide a better understanding of how regions may generate specific resources to sustain competitive advantage.

More precisely, the participants will discuss regional alignment- the assumption that  synergistic interactions between scientific, technological, and industrial specialization contribute to regional divergence. Regional alignment facilitates fruitful interactions between economic agents, thus supporting local economic development.