A theoretical model of values and behaviors that shape technology region emergence in developing contexts

  • Brett Anitra GilbertEmail author
  • Yuanyuan Li
  • Andres Velez-Calle
  • Marcus Crews


The research on emerging cluster regions often focuses on infrastructure that is needed to create these regions at the macro-economic level, with minimal consideration of the micro-level human factors that drive these regions. In this study, we develop a theoretical model of micro-level behaviors—that is individual level—that are needed within regions to produce the knowledge, entrepreneurial, and market making functions of innovation systems. Our core argument is that it is through a critical mass of individuals with these behaviors, that an innovation system that supports technology regions will emerge.


Innovation systems Micro-behaviors Region emergence Developing countries 

JEL Classification

O10 O30 035 R10 L26 



The authors thank the generous support of the Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurial Development (RAISED). Any errors in the manuscript are solely the responsibility of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brett Anitra Gilbert
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yuanyuan Li
    • 2
  • Andres Velez-Calle
    • 3
  • Marcus Crews
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Management, Kogod School of BusinessAmerican UniversityWashington, D.C.USA
  2. 2.Management and Global Business Department, Rutgers Business SchoolRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA
  3. 3.Universidad EAFITMedellínColombia

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