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An Entrepreneurial University Strategy for Renewing a Declining Industrial City: The Norrköping Way
School of Industrial Engineering and Management, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5960-9270
Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR), Stanford University, Stanford, USA.
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]

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old labour-intensive industries, has developed a knowledge-based renewal strategy inspired by ideas emanating from its superseded local economy.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 among a triple helix of university, industry and government actors that involved building consensus within the city and with its neighbouring city of Linko ̈ping. 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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Linköping: Routledge, 2012. Vol. 20, no 4, 505-525 p.
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurial university, regional development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77563DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.665616ISI: 000303568800001OAI: diva2:527827
Magnus Klofsten
Available from: 2012-05-22 Created: 2012-05-22 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved

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