Quotation Tödtling, Franz, Skokan, Karel, Höglinger, Christoph, Rumpel, Petr, Grillitsch, Markus. 2013. Innovation and knowledge sourcing of modern sectors in old industrial regions: Comparing software firms in Moravia Silesia and Upper Austria. European Urban and Regional Studies 20 (2): 188-205.




Old industrial regions (OIR) in many cases suffer from a predominance of basic and traditional industries as well as a lack of modern sectors and of innovation. Often we find this type of regions oriented on traditional sectors and technology paths. The development of new sectors such as software might help to overcome such problems and contribute to a diversification and better innovation performance of such regions. In this context, we examine to what extent a different socio-economic and institutional background of old industrial regions has an impact on the innovation performance and knowledge sourcing of firms in the new sector. For this purpose we compare software companies in the Czech region of Moravia Silesia and in the Austrian region of Upper Austria. Both are regions with considerable industrial tradition but with a quite different historical and institutional background. While Moravia Silesia region is a part of Czechia - a transformed country with state socialism and central planning background - Upper Austria is a relatively wealthy region within an advanced market economy with a social partnership background. In the present paper we investigate to which extent software firms in these two regions differ in their innovation activities and knowledge sourcing patterns, and how this is related to the institutional background and characteristics of the respective regional innovation system (RIS).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Urban and Regional Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new WH-B
Language English
Title Innovation and knowledge sourcing of modern sectors in old industrial regions: Comparing software firms in Moravia Silesia and Upper Austria
Volume 20
Number 2
Year 2013
Page from 188
Page to 205
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Tödtling, Franz (Details)
Höglinger, Christoph (Former researcher)
Grillitsch, Markus (Former researcher)
Rumpel, Petr (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)
Skokan, Karel (Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)
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')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
1812 Regional development planning (Details)
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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