Title: Networking for regional innovation and economic growth: the Brazilian Petropolis technopole

Authors: Jose Manoel Carvalho de Mello, Flavia Cristina Alves Rocha

Addresses: Universidade Federal Fluminense, Departamento de Engenharia de Producao, Rua Passo da Patria 156, Sao Domingos – Niteroi - RJ, CEP 24210-240, Brazil. ' Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, COPPE – Programa de Engenharia de Producao, Caixa Postal 68507, 21945-970 Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil

Abstract: In the 1990s, attempts at knowledge-based economic development were seen in many municipalities and regions in Brazil, as new mechanisms for industrial resurgence. From these initiatives arose a set of policies to be implemented in a city, metropolitan area or region, for the support and promotion of scientific and technological activities and support for setting up technology-based firms by universities and research centres, which can be interpreted as a ||technopole|| program. This paper is concerned with the analysis of a technopole program established in Petropolis, a city located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil; its genesis, development and networking activities and its impact on regional innovation and economic growth.

Keywords: technopoles; networks; innovation; modernisation; regional development; knowledge-based economy; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2004.004285

International Journal of Technology Management, 2004 Vol.27 No.5, pp.488 - 497

Available online: 08 Apr 2004 *

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