Systems of innovation in traditional industrial regions: The case of Styria in a comparative perspective

Alexander Kaufmann*, Franz Tödtling

*Corresponding author for this work

    Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


    Concepts of innovation have changed considerably in the past years, the focus shifting from a company perspective to regional and national systems of innovation. In this paper the authors investigate to what extent an innovation system can also be observed in an old industrial region like Styria in Austria, a region undergoing considerable restructuring in the past years. The results for Styria are compared with those for other old industrial regions such as Wales, the Tampere region and the Basque country. The findings show that firms rely only partly on innovation partners within the region; to a considerable extent they are integrated in national and European networks.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-40
    Number of pages12
    JournalRegional Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2000


    • Innovation system
    • Network
    • Styria
    • Traditional industrial region

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