The Local Innovation Systems Project is an international research partnership based at the Industrial Performance Center (IPC) of MIT. The project focuses on developing new insights into how regional capabilities can spur innovation and economic growth. It is based on thorough investigation of cases of actual and attempted industrial transformation in more than 23 locales in the United States, Europe, and Asia. At each location, researchers are studying innovation trajectories and developing comparative case studies of growth and transformation in specific industries, mature as well as new with the ultimate objective to develop new models of innovation-led industrial development.
The project partners are Tampere and Helsinki Universities (Finland), the Centre of Business Research of the University of Cambridge (UK) and Rogaland Research institute (Norway).
Already the project partners have produced a number of working papers and the First International Conference on Local Innovation Systems.
LIS project website