Title: Innovation and regional development strategies for the economic development of East Germany

Authors: Jurgen Allesch

Addresses: Technologie-Vermittlungs-Agentur Berlin e.V. (TVA), Kleiststr. 23-26, D-1000 Berlin 30, Germany

Abstract: The regions of Europe are in the process of major structural change. This process has gained momentum and significance since the fall of the iron curtain and the political and economic opening up of central and eastern Europe. Creation of wealth has become increasingly dependent on factors such as science, creativity and qualified personnel, rather than on basic infrastructure and natural resources. Regional policies which have proved successful have been aimed at the development of the endogenous potential of a region. The characteristic elements of a regional policy can be defined as: endogenous strategies, technology transfer, personnel transfer, cooperation, and start-up consulting. Using Berlin and the economic unification of Germany as an example, this paper describes the main instruments of an innovation-oriented, endogenous development strategy.

Keywords: technology transfer; endogenous strategies; economic transformation; innovation networks; German unification; innovation policy; East Germany; regional development; economic development; cooperation; start-ups.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1993.025794

International Journal of Technology Management, 1993 Vol.8 No.6/7/8, pp.544 - 553

Available online: 24 May 2009 *

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