CURE: Corporate Culture and Regional Embeddedness


Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • EU - European Commission

Duration Jan. 1, 2007 - Dec. 31, 2009

http://www.cure-project.eu/
  • Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)

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  • Lengauer, Lukas (Former researcher)
  • Nussmüller, Eva (Former researcher)
  • Tödtling, Franz (Details) Project Head
 

Abstract (German)

Das CURE-Projekt stellt die kulturelle Vielfalt europäischer Regionen in den Vordergrund der Betrachtung. Deren Potenziale werden im Rahmen der Globalisierungsdiskussion oftmals übersehen. Die Region wird in dem Zusammenhang des Forschungsprojektes nicht als Faktum oder Begrenzung, sondern als Potenzial betrachtet. Lokale und regionale Traditionen, Identitäten und Pfadabhängigkeiten sowie regionale Unternehmen rücken diesbezüglich ins Zentrum der Untersuchung. Regionale Unternehmen prägen einerseits das Profil von Regionen und andererseits werden Unternehmen durch regionale Kompetenzen, Kulturen und Milieufaktoren beeinflusst. Das Projekt untersucht, ob und wie regionale Kulturen und Unternehmenskulturen voneinander abhängen und sich gegenseitig beeinflussen. Dafür werden von der beteiligten Forschungseinrichtung sieben Regionen in sechs europäischen Ländern genauer unter die Lupe genommen.


Abstract (English)

A vital and innovative regional life is basic for European society and economy. Europe has its strength in a regional cultural diversity. The discussion on globalisation and integration, however, first of all focuses on homogenisation of cultures. The emergence of vital and innovative regional cultures is neglected in the mainstream of political and academic research. CURE aims at studying processes of cultural change as a result of interaction between companies and regions. The key questions of CURE are:

* To which extent do company cultures influence regional commitment?
* Which types of regional culture are of interest for which type of enterprise?
* How do corporate and regional cultures interact and how do they influence each other?

The key target of the project is then to study how regional and corporate cultures interact and how to they influence each other. In the course of interaction, different cultures come together, shape each other and change. Such a process of interaction and cultural change is the connecting link that has to be studied. Interaction can take place in different forms: it can concentrate on material, symbolic or knowledge flows. The empirical work focuses on 210 cases studies and 21 in depth studies in seven European regions and is guided by an interdisciplinary framework. The project brings together research from cultural science, regional science, social science and economies in an interdisciplinary way. The expected results are an interdisciplinary research framework on regional cultural change (spacing), new impulses for the disciplines involved and a concept of the regionally embedded company that is considered crucial for the development of a knowledge based and competitive European space.

Publications

Journal article

2011 Tödtling, Franz, Prod'Homme van Reine, Peter, Dörhöfer, Steffen. 2011. Open innovation and regional culture - Findings from different industrial and regional settings. European Planning Studies 19 (11), 1885-1907. (Details)
  Lengauer, Lukas , Tödtling, Franz, Nußmüller, Eva . 2011. Regionale Einbettung und regionales Engagement von Unternehmen. Ökologisches Wirtschaften , 1-10. (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2010 Tödtling, Franz, Lengauer, Lukas. 2010. Regional Embeddedness and Corporate Regional Engagement: Evidence from three different industries in the Austrian region of Styria. Presented at the 8th European Urban & Regional Studies Conference, Wien, Österreich, 15.09-17.09. (Details)
2009 Nussmüller, Eva, Lengauer, Lukas, Tödtling, Franz. 2009. Motives and Influencing Factors of Corporate Regional Engagement: Industry and Company Specific Patterns. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Leuven, Belgien, 06.04-08.04. (Details)
2007 Tödtling, Franz. 2007. Regional Innovation Cultures.. CURE workshop, Wien, Österreich, 26.09.-27.09.. (Details)

Working/discussion paper, preprint

2009 Tödtling, Franz, Nussmüller, Eva, Lengauer, Lukas. 2009. Corporate Regional Engagement – Motives, fields and influencing factors. Submitted to Regional Studies. (Details)
  Nussmüller, Eva, Lengauer, Lukas, Tödtling, Franz. 2009. Motives and influencing factors of corporate regional engagement: industry and company specific patterns.. SRE-Discussion 2009-4. (Details)

Research report, expert opinion

2009 Tödtling, Franz, Nussmüller, Eva, Lengauer, Lukas. 2009. Corporate Culture and Regional Engagement of Companies in Styria - CURE Regional Report. Vienna: Institute of Regional Development and the Environment, Vienna University of Economics and Business. (Details)

Classification

  • 5618 Regional economy (Details)
  • 5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
  • 5300 Economics (Details)
  • 5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)