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Explaining Regional Departures from National Patterns of Industrial Specialisation: Regional institutions, policies and state coordination

Parker, Rachel L. & Tamaschke, Louise (2005) Explaining Regional Departures from National Patterns of Industrial Specialisation: Regional institutions, policies and state coordination. Organization Studies, 26(12), pp. 1787-1808.

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Abstract

The aim of the paper is to identify the basis of regional competence in industry sectors that are not key performers at the national level. The paper examines the ICT sector in two regions: Dresden (Germany) and Adelaide (Australia). The performance of Australia and Germany in ICT is not high by OECD standards. However, both Dresden and Adelaide have some competence in parts of the ICT sector that departs from national patterns. In Dresden the development of the ICT sector is more advanced than in Adelaide. In both regions, there are distinctive institutional features and policies that explain the development of the ICT sector. Further, in Dresden, the state has coordinated the ICT sector within the regional space, giving focus to institutional strengths in research and training, such that it is possible to describe the institutional environment as thick and coherent. As such, the regional space of Dresden has experienced an agglomeration of ICT and can be regarded as more successful than Adelaide, where institutions and state initiatives are fragmented and incoherent.

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ID Code: 7167
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Rachel Parker, innovation systems, regional transformation, regional policy, state capacity
DOI: 10.1177/0170840605059157
ISSN: 1741-3044
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:19

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