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ERIC Number: EJ789895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1063-0732
What Is the Role of the University in Creating a High-Technology Region?
Mayer, Heike
Journal of Urban Technology, v14 n3 p33-58 Dec 2007
This paper provides a critical examination of the different ways a high-technology region can evolve and the extent to which a research university can play a catalytic role in that evolution. The author briefly reviews the general roles universities have played in their local and regional communities. This will serve to introduce the major contributions higher education institutions make to economic development. Since technology-based economic development has become a popular concern of economic development practitioners, the discussion focuses on the role of the university in stimulating the growth of high-technology centers. The author presents a critical review of the literature and points out that universities have not always played a significant role in the creation of technology industry clusters. The importance of other factors in the creation and maintenance of high-tech industries are highlighted, and the argument is made that a university is neither a necessary nor a sufficient ingredient in the recipe for high-tech success. Finally, an attempt is made to clarify the role of the university in economic development, to synthesize critically the evidence, and to provide suggestions for further research regarding the role of the university in high-technology regional development. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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