Constructing Regional Advantage in the Austrian ICT sector: Towards fine tuned innovation policies?

Franz Tödtling, Roland Schneider, Markus Grillitsch, Christoph Höglinger

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Regional innovation policies are often applied in a standardized way oriented at best practice models developed elsewhere. These policies often fail to take specific sectoral and regional characteristics sufficiently into account. However, innovation processes and problems often vary for firms in particular sectors since these exhibit distinct features dependent on their knowledge base. Also, companies are located in different types of regional innovation systems (RIS) facing specific innovation conditions. One size fits all approaches, thus, frequently do not work. In the present paper we are going to investigate for the ICT sector and three regions of Austria which differences exist in the innovation conditions and activities of companies, and in their pattern of knowledge sourcing. We also try to find out to which extent policies are addressing such specific conditions. The regions investigated are the metropolitan region of Vienna representing an institutionally and organizationally thick RIS, the non-metropolitan region of Salzburg standing for thin RIS in this respect, and the industrial region of Upper Austria showing characteristics of a networked RIS. The analysis is based on interviews with 110 companies in the ICT sector as well with a number of key policy actors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533 - 549
JournalJournal of the Knowledge Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502047 Economic theory
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 507016 Regional economy
  • 509

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