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Rethinking Innovation - Contextual Factors Impact

Manuela Meçe, Entela Lako
Published 2015 · Sociology

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In the past 2 decades a keen interest in innovation is demonstrated by governments (financial instruments for R&D) or intergovernmental agencies (EU financial instruments) because of its connection to regional economic advantage. In Albania, understandings of innovation is predominantly technological and product driven and defined in general terms such that the nature of innovation is disclosed of its contextual influence. Following the above logic innovation is assumed to be overly masculine. Through combined analysis of interview material from previous studies on the engendering of entrepreneurship based in Albania, this paper challenges current conceptualizations of innovation geographically and in a gender context. I will tend to present how the context, both social and geographical, of an innovation is elementary to its identification as innovative and moreover, reveal some of the many instances of innovation that occur in economic sectors and by agents that are typically ignored or undervalued by current factors of research and policy making. The analysis will aim to expand the concept of innovation for researchers and policymakers considering the concepts of regional development beyond those processes associated with technologically defined and growth-oriented sectors.
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