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An Entrepreneurial University Strategy for Renewing a Declining Industrial City: Norrköping Way
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
2012 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 20, no 4, 505-525 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Norrkoping, a small urban area formerly dependent upon old labour-intensive industries, has developed a knowledge-based renewal strategy inspired by ideas emanating from its superseded local economy. Using a longitudinal case study, this paper explicates the dynamics of change among a triple helix of university, industry and government actors that involved building consensus within the city and with its neighbouring city of Linkoping. The keys to success have been cross-institutional entrepreneurship, aggregating regional and national resources to realize a unique, locally generated strategy rather than adopting the usual list of hot high-tech topics such as information technology, biotechnology or alternative energy, and striking a balance between intra-regional competition and collaboration in order to achieve common objectives and avoid any stasis arising from hyper-competitiveness. This paper utilizes a triple-helix "spaces" framework and makes comparisons with other relevant cases to develop a theoretical model of regional renewal through the hybridization of old and new industrial and knowledge elements.

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2012. Vol. 20, no 4, 505-525 p.
Keyword [en]
biotechnology, competition (economics), competitiveness, entrepreneur, information technology, local economy, university sector, urban area, Linkoping, Norrkoping, Ostergotland, Sweden
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Human Geography Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-98472DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.665616ISI: 000303568800001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84859581305OAI: diva2:537223
QC 20120626Available from: 2012-06-26 Created: 2012-06-26 Last updated: 2012-06-26Bibliographically approved

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