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Services and innovation systems: European models of Technology Centres


  • Francisco Mas-Verdú



In regional contexts with a dense fabric of small- and medium-sized companies, the promotion of knowledge-intensive services through Technology Centres is a key innovation policy. This paper examines four models of Technology Centres in Europe: Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Denmark, Emilia-Romagna (Italy) and the Valencian Community (Spain). Aspects such as the participation of private agents, the financing of the Centres, and the diversity and heterogeneity of the models are discussed. Both the economic-productive base (company structure, sector specialization, location patterns, etc.) and the political–institutional features (distribution of competences, available budget, etc.) are major points for establishing the definition of each model. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2007

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  • Francisco Mas-Verdú, 2007. "Services and innovation systems: European models of Technology Centres," Service Business, Springer;Pan-Pacific Business Association, vol. 1(1), pages 7-23, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:svcbiz:v:1:y:2007:i:1:p:7-23
    DOI: 10.1007/s11628-006-0002-y

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