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Innovative Milieux and Regional Competitiveness: The Role of Associations and Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Germany


  • Wolfgang Maennig
  • Michaela Olschlager


Maennig W. and Olschlager M. Innovative milieux and regional competitiveness: the role of associations and chambers of commerce and industry in Germany, Regional Studies. Innovation is regarded as a spatially embedded process in which the social and economic interactive relationships of the actors are an important factor for success. This paper is one of the first to examine empirically the role of organizations such as associations, clubs, societies, and chambers of commerce and industry in innovative milieux. A limited effect of these actors on the regional competitiveness of the sixty largest German cities is found. [image omitted] Maennig W. et Olschlager M. Les milieux innovateurs et la competitivite regionale: le role des associations et des chambres de commerce et d'industrie en Allemagne, Regional Studies. L'innovation est consideree comme un processus qui est ancre dans l'espace et dans lequel l'interaction sociale et economqiue des agents est un prealable a la reussite. Cet article est l'un des premiers a examiner empiriquement le role des organisations, telles les associations, les clubs, les societes, et les chambres de commerce et d'industrie situes dans des milieux innovateurs. L'impact de ces agents sur la competitivite regionale des soixante villes les plus grandes d'Allemagne s'avere mitige. Innovation Milieux innovateurs Organisations Capital social Competitivite regionale Maennig W. und Olschlager M. Innovative Milieus und regionale Wettbewerbsfahigkeit: die Rolle von Vereinen und Industrie- und Handelskammern in Deutschland, Regional Studies. Innovation wird als ein raumlich eingebetteter Prozess verstanden, wobei interaktive soziale und okonomische Beziehungen der Akteure ein wichtiger Erfolgsfaktor sind. Dieser Beitrag ist dabei einer der ersten, der die Rolle von Organisationen wie Vereinen oder Industrie- und Handelskammern im innovativen Milieu empirisch untersucht. Wir kommen zu dem Ergebnis, dass die untersuchten Akteure teilweise einen Einfluss auf die regionale Wettbewerbsfahigkeit der 60 grossten Stadte in Deutschland haben. Innovation Innovative Milieus Organisationen Sozialkapital Regionale Wettbewerbsfahigkeit Maennig W. y Olschlager M. Circulos innovadores y la competitividad regional: el papel de asociaciones y camaras de comercio e industria en Alemania, Regional Studies. La innovacion se considera un proceso arraigado en el espacio en el que las relaciones interactivas de los actores desde el punto de vista social y economico representan un factor importante para lograr el exito. Este articulo es uno de los primeros en analizar empiricamente el papel de las organizaciones, tales como asociaciones, clubes, sociedades y camaras de comercio y la industria en circulos innovadores. Llegamos a la conclusion de que estos actores influyen de modo limitado en la competitividad regional de las sesenta ciudades mas grandes de Alemania. Innovacion Circulos innovadores Organizaciones Capital social Competitividad regional

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  • Wolfgang Maennig & Michaela Olschlager, 2011. "Innovative Milieux and Regional Competitiveness: The Role of Associations and Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Germany," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(4), pages 441-452.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:45:y:2011:i:4:p:441-452 DOI: 10.1080/00343401003601917

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