Technological innovation (in vitro micro-propagation of the roman artichoke) and territorial development: A local "success story" in the cerveteri and ladispoli area (Italy)

C. Cantale, M.M. Cervi, P. Galeffi

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Traditional economic research and more recent thinking on the question have tried to address the study of innovative behaviour with the underlying objective of providing new keywords to policy makers committed to local and regional development. Among the various approaches, that of the GREMI group appears particularly innovative. It is intrinsically dynamic and emphasises the role of the local 'milieu' as a generator of innovative behaviour, which is able to exploit energy from the exterior. We have applied their approach in retracing all the context of a local milieu surrounding a particular event: the introduction of an innovative agricultural process (in vitro micro-propagation of globe artichokes) in the Cerveteri and Ladispoli area (Lazio-Italy). The overall characteristics of the local milieu, i.e. scene, players and networks were identified and the role of social/cultural and psychological relationships, including all the historical stratifications, was analysed, with a view to defining the milieu. It appears that the area analysed behaved as an "innovative milieu", where an innovative capability is enhanced through synergetic and collective learning processes.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture

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