IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/wiw/wiwrsa/ersa98p211.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Impact of regional technology policy on local economic development

Author

Listed:
  • Frederic Bougrain

    ()

Abstract

During the last few years, there has been a wide competition among less favoured regions to attract additional productive capacity. The aim of these policies was to compensate the losses in employment in traditionnal sectors by attracting foreign owned branch plants. However the effectiveness of these policies has been rather limited. Branch plant cannot be considered as autonomous production units. They tend to have a technological strategy defined by their parent firm. Most of the time, this signifies the absence of in-house R&D and limited contacts with local markets. It is likely that this situation prevents the transfer of technology into the local economy. Moreover firms with headquarters located overseas may also disinvest from their host country and move to another region to benefit from other financial assistances. In recent years, new initiatives emerged. Policy makers are trying to build local business networks instead of attracting existing plants. One of the aim of this research paper is to explain the issue facing public authorities which sponsorize these initiatives. We will draw upon case studies made of projects which were coordinated by an association located in Bourges (city located in the Centre of France). The program has been launched in 1996 to alleviate the problems of transition from military to civil industries. The goals of the association are threefold : - For many years firms activities have been dedicated to military related markets. To avoid the closures of their establishments, locally based companies that have been dependent on stable and protective military contracts, need to find new markets. The first aim of the association is to identify these new potential markets. - The second is to foster local inter-firm collaboration. - The third is to establish an information center. We will try to identify barriers to collaboration and reasons which explain firms interest in local networks (Some of the firms which have joined the programme are affiliated companies). Before this empirical study, we will describe the notion of networks and discuss their role in innovation.

Suggested Citation

  • Frederic Bougrain, 1998. "Impact of regional technology policy on local economic development," ERSA conference papers ersa98p211, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa98p211
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www-sre.wu.ac.at/ersa/ersaconfs/ersa98/papers/211.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Rosenfeld, Stuart A., 1996. "Does cooperation enhance competitiveness? Assessing the impacts of inter-firm collaboration," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 25(2), pages 247-263, March.
    2. Nicolai J. Foss, 1996. "Capabilities and the Theory of the Firm," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 77(1), pages 7-28.
    3. Steven Tadelis & Oliver E.Williamson, 2012. "Transaction Cost Economics," Introductory Chapters,in: Robert Gibbons & John Roberts (ed.), : The Handbook of Organizational Economics Princeton University Press.
    4. Chandler, Alfred Jr., 1992. "What is a firm? : A historical perspective," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 36(2-3), pages 483-492, April.
    5. Winter, Sidney G, 1988. "On Coase, Competence, and the Corporation," Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 4(1), pages 163-180, Spring.
    6. Demsetz, Harold, 1988. "The Theory of the Firm Revisited," Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 4(1), pages 141-161, Spring.
    7. Amendola, Mario & Gaffard, Jean-Luc, 1994. "Markets and organizations as coherent systems of innovation," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 23(6), pages 627-635, November.
    8. Dosi, Giovanni, 1988. "Sources, Procedures, and Microeconomic Effects of Innovation," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 26(3), pages 1120-1171, September.
    9. Teece, David J., 1980. "Economies of scope and the scope of the enterprise," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 1(3), pages 223-247, September.
    10. Gérald Fiévet, 1997. "L'évolution des politiques régionales d'intermédiation technologique," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 81(1), pages 41-58.
    11. Kevin Morgan, 1997. "The Learning Region: Institutions, Innovation and Regional Renewal," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(5), pages 491-503.
    12. Christophe Everaere, 1993. "Des coûts aux investissements de transaction. Pour un renversement de la théorie de Williamson," Revue Française d'Économie, Programme National Persée, vol. 8(3), pages 149-203.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa98p211. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Gunther Maier). General contact details of provider: http://www.ersa.org .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.