Title: Technopolitan strategies: at the edge of an innovation-driven territorial approach

Authors: lsidre March Chorda

Addresses: Lecturer, Dept. of Business Organization, University of Valencia, Facultad Ciencias Economicas, Blasco Ibanez 30, 46010 Valencia, Spain

Abstract: In order to retain their usefulness and sense, technology and innovation policies have to evolve and keep pace with the socio-economic progress and changes taking place in their territories. An insight into these recent trends reveals that regional public actors are becoming increasingly concerned by the diffusion of innovative capability and technological know-how across their territories. The emergence of science parks and technopoles, mechanisms for strengthening university-industry ties, and the promotion of entrepreneurship as a way to increase the numbers of innovative start-up companies, are becoming widespread trends across European regions. The main concepts introduced in this paper, the |technopolitan| system and strategies, arise from the recognition of such tendencies and inclinations in the innovation- related arena, at the regional level. Discussion of their content, nature and prospects constitutes the core of the study.

Keywords: regional environment; science policies; technology policy; local agents; local agent networks; innovative capability; territorial-driven approach; technopolitan strategies; innovation policy; regional development; entrepreneurship; startups; science parks; technopoles; university-industry cooperation; industrial collaboration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1995.025665

International Journal of Technology Management, 1995 Vol.10 No.7/8, pp.894 - 906

Published online: 23 May 2009 *

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