Abstract: The Institutional Control of Innovation: The Case of Embroidery in Madeira

Benedita Câmara


Historiography has discussed problems of articulation between the collective institutional systems and the monitoring of the flow of information exchanges between private entities. The problem of a handicraft sector (embroidery) in a regional economy (Madeira) will be used to analyze the creation of a collective institution (1935) aimed at generating innovation at the level of the product. Within the framework of a collective regional brand, one group gained the ability to negotiate among its members the innovations to be introduced and the capacity to prevent any deviations. In terms of creativity, the institutional formula adopted was unsuccessful, since it did not manage to benefit the group of private entities.