Innovation and knowledge sourcing of modern sectors in old industrial regions: Comparing software firms in Moravia Silesia and Upper Austria

Franz Tödtling, Karel Skokan, Christoph Höglinger, Petr Rumpel, Markus Grillitsch

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Old industrial regions (OIR) in many cases suffer from a predominance of basic and traditional industries as well as a lack of modern sectors and of innovation. Often we find this type of regions oriented on traditional sectors and technology paths. The development of new sectors such as software might help to overcome such problems and contribute to a diversification and better innovation performance of such regions. In this context, we examine to what extent a different socio-economic and institutional background of old industrial regions has an impact on the innovation performance and knowledge sourcing of firms in the new sector. For this purpose we compare software companies in the Czech region of Moravia Silesia and in the Austrian region of Upper Austria. Both are regions with considerable industrial tradition but with a quite different historical and institutional background. While Moravia Silesia region is a part of Czechia - a transformed country with state socialism and central planning background - Upper Austria is a relatively wealthy region within an advanced market economy with a social partnership background. In the present paper we investigate to which extent software firms in these two regions differ in their innovation activities and knowledge sourcing patterns, and how this is related to the institutional background and characteristics of the respective regional innovation system (RIS).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188 - 205
JournalEuropean Urban and Regional Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502047 Economic theory
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 507016 Regional economy
  • 509
  • 507014 Regional development
  • 507026 Economic geography

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