Quotation Tödtling, Franz, Schneider, Roland, Grillitsch, Markus, Höglinger, Christoph. 2011. Constructing Regional Advantage in the Austrian ICT sector: Towards fine tuned innovation policies?. Journal of the Knowledge Economy 2011 (2): 533-549.




Regional innovation policies are often applied in a standardized way oriented at best practice models developed elsewhere. These policies often fail to take specific sectoral and regional characteristics sufficiently into account. However, innovation processes and problems often vary for firms in particular sectors since these exhibit distinct features dependent on their knowledge base. Also, companies are located in different types of regional innovation systems (RIS) facing specific innovation conditions. One size fits all approaches, thus, frequently do not work. In the present paper we are going to investigate for the ICT sector and three regions of Austria which differences exist in the innovation conditions and activities of companies, and in their pattern of knowledge sourcing. We also try to find out to which extent policies are addressing such specific conditions. The regions investigated are the metropolitan region of Vienna representing an institutionally and organizationally thick RIS, the non-metropolitan region of Salzburg standing for thin RIS in this respect, and the industrial region of Upper Austria showing characteristics of a networked RIS. The analysis is based on interviews with 110 companies in the ICT sector as well with a number of key policy actors.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of the Knowledge Economy
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-D
Language English
Title Constructing Regional Advantage in the Austrian ICT sector: Towards fine tuned innovation policies?
Volume 2011
Number 2
Year 2011
Page from 533
Page to 549
Reviewed? Y


Constructing Regional Advantage: Towards State-of -the-Art Regional Innovation System Policies in Europe
Tödtling, Franz (Details)
Schneider, Roland (Former researcher)
Grillitsch, Markus (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)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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