Regional technology initiatives: some insights from the English regions

Vickers, Ian and North, David J. (2000) Regional technology initiatives: some insights from the English regions. European Planning Studies, 8 (3). pp. 301-318. ISSN 0965-4313

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The paper presents findings from recent research on the policy role and experience of a number of Regional Technology Initiatives (RTIs) aimed at supporting innovation and technology transfer, particularly in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the English regions. The findings are discussed in relation to recent theoretical debates around innovation processes within SMEs, regional innovation systems and learning/actor networks. A primary concern is to understand the factors shaping the evolution of such initiatives and the lessons to be learnt from the experience to date. In this respect discussion focuses on four key issues: the funding driven nature of most of the initiatives; the move away from simply making new technology more accessible to a more client-need centred approach; the structural and cultural obstacles to improved links between academia and SMEs and how some of these can be ameliorated; and the issue of strategic integration between business support agencies within a region to support longer term economic development agendas. The paper concludes that the long-term viability of the RTIs will be dependent on their continuing capacity to anticipate and respond to an evolving, and to some extent uncertain, regional policy context.

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