Trinity of change agency, regional development paths and opportunity spaces

Markus Grillitsch, Markku Sotarauta

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

268 Citations (Scopus)
29 Downloads (Pure)


The study of regional growth paths is a key theme in economic geography and of elemental interest for regional development. This paper addresses the interplay between path-dependent, structural forces and the construction and utilization of opportunities through agentic processes. Extending the evolutionary framework, it is argued that not only history but also perceived futures influence agentic processes in the present and thus shape regional development paths. The paper discusses the relevance and interdependencies of three types of agency with distinct theoretical roots, namely Schumpeterian innovative entrepreneurship, institutional entrepreneurship and place-based leadership, as main drivers of regional structural change.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • agency
  • evolutionary theory
  • opportunity space
  • path-dependency
  • regional development
  • regional growth
  • regional structural change

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3


Dive into the research topics of 'Trinity of change agency, regional development paths and opportunity spaces'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this