Title: The Saga of Kista Science City: the development of the leading Swedish IT hub from a high-tech industrial park to a science city

Authors: Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko

Addresses: Department of Regional Studies, University of Tampere, FIN-33014 University of Tampere, Finland

Abstract: In this paper, the transformation of Kista from a high-tech industrial park to a science city is described. Kista|s transformation into a science city in the early 2000s was quick and well-managed. Kista gained international recognition as the boldest venture of the new generation of science cities. To make this new science city come true, the core establishments of Kista Science City paid a lot of attention to integration and community development issues. In fact, community development will remain one of the future challenges to the area. New integrative policies and measures such as the Kista Matching Programme have been launched since the late 1990s, but to change the entire functionality of the area is likely to take several decades or even generations.

Keywords: Kista Science City; Ericsson; high-tech industrial parks; science parks; technopoles; innovation support systems; IT University; city government; e-segregation; Sweden; community development; integration; technology policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2005.008407

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2005 Vol.5 No.3, pp.258 - 282

Published online: 19 Dec 2005 *

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