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University and Technology: Science and Technology Parks in the Cambridge Region


  • D Keeble


This paper reviews the recent development and growth of small and medium-sized high-technology firms in the Cambridge region of the United Kingdom, as an example of an innovative and R&D-focused business cluster associated with a major international university and successful local science and technology parks. It discusses the concept of a local innovation system and the role of the UK's national innovation system, before attempting to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Cambridge model of technology transfer and innovation as a possible paradigm of linkages between university research and local high-technology SMEs.This paper was commissioned by Confindustria, the Italian employers organisation, for publication in Italian in the forthcoming book Rapporto sulla competitivita dell'Italia: scienza, ricerca, innovazione, edited by Alberto Quadrio Curzio, Marco Fortis and Giampaolo Galli. The author is most grateful to Professor Curzio for permission to publish this commissioned research as a working paper of the ESRC Centre for Business Research.

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  • D Keeble, 2001. "University and Technology: Science and Technology Parks in the Cambridge Region," Working Papers wp218, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp218
    Note: PRO-1

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    1. Shiri Breznitz, 2011. "Improving or Impairing? Following Technology Transfer Changes at the University of Cambridge," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(4), pages 463-478.

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    high-technology small firms; business clusters; Cambridge University; science parks; innovation; technology transfer;

    JEL classification:

    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • L52 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups


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