This conceptual article examines the relations between the context and the actors of innovation from the perspective of interaction and learning processes. Actor characteristics are selected based on the partners with whom they interact, as such features help to define the scope of the learning processes that support the capacity for innovation. In particular, we look at the actor's position in relation to both location and ethnic groups. Such aspects have been selected because they appear to be amongst those having the greatest impact on the businesses of the local systems in the recent Italian experience. The article proposes a typology of innovation context based on a classification of actors and interactions. The change in the relevant interactions generates a change in context, which consequently calls for subsequent adaptation.
Keywords: Actors, Context, Interaction, Innovation