Quotation Tödtling, Franz, Höglinger, Christoph, Grillitsch, Markus. 2012. Knowledge relations and innovation from a regional perspective. In: Networks, Space and Competitiveness - Evolving Challenges for Sustainable Growth, Hrsg. Capello, Roberta and Denthino, Tomaz Ponze, 107-134. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.




Innovation is of key importance for the competitiveness of firms in the knowledge economy and is widely regarded as an open and interactive process nowadays. However, the potential for sourcing knowledge and for interacting with external partners seems to depend on the characteristics of the regional innovation system (RIS) among other factors. Focussing on the ICT sector in three different regions of Austria, we investigate, therefore, whether firms in metropolitan, less urbanised or industrial RIS exhibit different patterns of innovation and knowledge sourcing. We expect that companies in a metropolitan "thick" RIS rely to a higher extent on local knowledge sources in particular from universities and research institutes and use more interactive transfer mechanisms than firms located in a less urbanised "thin" RIS. In industrial RIS, firms often exhibit a less diverse regional knowledge sourcing pattern than those in a metropolitan RIS, i.e. leading to more incremental innovations. The paper builds on the concepts of knowledge bases and knowledge links, as well as on types of regional innovation systems. Empirical evidence is assessed in this respect for ICT firms from metropolitan Vienna representing a "thick" RIS, from less urbanised Salzburg standing for a "thin" RIS and industrial Upper Austria being an example of a networked RIS.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Knowledge relations and innovation from a regional perspective
Title of whole publication Networks, Space and Competitiveness - Evolving Challenges for Sustainable Growth
Editor Capello, Roberta and Denthino, Tomaz Ponze
Page from 107
Page to 134
Location Cheltenham, UK
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Year 2012
Reviewed? Y
ISBN 978 1 78100 366 4


Constructing Regional Advantage: Towards State-of -the-Art Regional Innovation System Policies in Europe
Tödtling, Franz (Details)
Höglinger, Christoph (Former researcher)
Grillitsch, Markus (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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