The Norrköping Way: A Knowledge-based Strategy for Renewing a Declining Industrial City
2010 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Norrköping, 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old labour-intensive industries, has developed a knowledge-based renewal strategy inspired by ideas emanating from its superseded local economy.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 amongst a triple helix of university, industry, and government actors that involved building consensus within the city and with its neighbour city of Linköping. The keys to success have been cross-institutional entrepreneurship, aggregating regional and national resources to realise a unique, locally generated strategy rather than adopting the usual list of such hot high-tech topics 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 hybridisation of old and new industrial and knowledge elements.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Regional development, triple helix, institutional entrepreneurship, collaboration and competition among city regions
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62638OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-62638DiVA: diva2:373765
50th Anniversary European Congress of the Regional Science Association International 19th – 23rd August 2010 Jönköping, Sweden