Innovation captures the public’s interest because it can be such an elusive goal. Researchers in academe and in the public and private sectors are working to discover how, where and why innovation occurs.

To foster innovation in business, decision-makers often point to a region where it flourishes and then apply the region’s seemingly beneficial features elsewhere. Is this the right approach?

Not necessarily, says David Doloreux, who holds a Research Chair in Canadian Francophonie at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.

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