A regional innovation system can be seen as a constellation of industrial clusters surrounded by innovative supporting organizations. The adjacency of geographic area and cluster interaction is the first necessary condition of the regional innovation system. Since innovations occur more easily in the situation of geographical concentration and proximity, the region is deemed the most appropriate scale at which to sustain the fast growing knowledge-based economy. In this special issue, we introduce rich issues of regional innovation systems in East Asia, including entrepreneurship, biotechnology innovation, building extra-regional networks, value creation, institutions and innovation, and evolving nature in the regional innovation system. In this special issue, the authors provide great contributions to this academic field by displaying their insights on regional innovation system in East Asia. Many managerial implications, policy implications, and directions for future research are also proposed.
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