A living laboratory proposition for revitalising regional Australia

Dhakal, Subas, Brown, Kerry A., Keast, Robyn L., Mahmood, Muhammad Nateque, Wiewiora, Anna, & Dick, Tom (2012) A living laboratory proposition for revitalising regional Australia. In 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference : Managing for Volatility and Instability, 5 -7 December 2012, Convention Exhibition Centre, Perth, WA.


A strong Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector is said to underpin a competitive advantage of the Australian regions that are struggling to grow the economy, distribute the growth fairly, and in the process not degrade the environment. The concept of Regional Innovation Systems that draws on industrial cluster theory has gained currency as an umbrella framework for enabling the SMEs sector. However, there are significant gaps between research and innovation of such ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. This paper responds to this gap and proposes a Living Laboratory – an open multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder action research platform where innovations can be co-created, tested, and evaluated in the every-day environment of SME – as a way to strengthen the SMEs sector in regional Australia.

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ID Code: 63729
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Collaborations and Networking, Information Technology, Innovation, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Stakeholders
ISBN: 9780987415806
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2013 23:49
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2014 22:28

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