Quotation Tödtling, Franz, Lengauer, Lukas, Höglinger, Christoph. 2011. Knowledge Sourcing and Innovation in "thick" and "thin" regional innovation systems: Comparing ICT firms in two Austrian regions.. European Planning Studies 19 (7): 1245-1276.




In knowledge based sectors such as ICT innovation is seen to be as a key factor for the competitiveness of firms. Nowadays, the innovation process is regarded to be highly interactive, so companies tend to rely on both internal and external knowledge. There are arguments that the character of knowledge and innovation links depends to a large extent on the density and the institutional setting of the respective regional innovation system RIS. We investigate, therefore, whether firms in a metropolitan and non-metropolitan RIS exhibit different ways and patterns to source knowledge relevant for innovation. We expect that ICT companies in a metropolitan RIS such as Vienna rely to a much higher extent on local knowledge sources in particular from universities and research organisations. For firms in a non-metropolitan RIS such as Salzburg we expect a higher reliance on distant knowledge links with a variety of partners. At the beginning we provide a conceptual frame, by introducing the concept of knowledge bases and a typology of knowledge links applying these to the innovation process in the ICT sector. Then we present some empirical evidence for ICT companies in the regions of Vienna, representing a metropolitan RIS with a high density of knowledge organisations and firms, and Salzburg standing for a non-metropolitan RIS with a lower size and density of such organisations. We analyse the types of knowledge sources, the channels of knowledge exchange and the spatial level of these interaction. In the final section we will draw some policy conclusions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Planning Studies
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Knowledge Sourcing and Innovation in "thick" and "thin" regional innovation systems: Comparing ICT firms in two Austrian regions.
Volume 19
Number 7
Year 2011
Page from 1245
Page to 1276


Constructing Regional Advantage: Towards State-of -the-Art Regional Innovation System Policies in Europe
Tödtling, Franz (Details)
Lengauer, Lukas (Former researcher)
Höglinger, Christoph (Former researcher)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
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