The local development in rural areas of peripheral regions is mostly determined by the behaviour of small and medium firms, especially when agro-food industries valorise agricultural productions. Modernization of these industries, often traditional, requires utilization of methods in technological learning giving access to new techniques. This learning process has to be analysed through innovative activities built upon interdependence between technological changes and the local socio-economic and institutional environment. The purpose of this communication is to present a methodology discussing simultaneously the concept of territorial system, the way where small and micro-firms interact with it, and methods of modelling innovative behaviours. The interest of that kind of approach is to provide instruments for the elaboration of local development strategies. The theoretical framework used in this communication explains the emerging local within the evolutionist approach (NELSON AND WINTER, 1982), using the concepts o
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