Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research

No 2005/16: Emergence and Growth of Mjärdevi Science Park in Linköping, Sweden

Leif Hommen (), David Doloreux () and Emma Larsson ()
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Leif Hommen: Division of Innovation, Lund University, Postal: P.O. Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
David Doloreux: Canada Research Chair in Regional Development and Université du Québec à Rimouski, Postal: 300 allée Des Ursulines , Rimouski, Québec, Canada G5L 3A1,
Emma Larsson: Division of Innovation Lund University, Postal: P.O. Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: The development of science parks constitutes an interesting example of policy to enhance the technology-based development of a region. These parks, it is argued, contribute to fostering technological innovation and transfer and stimulating the growth of high-level economic activities. This article examines the role that science parks play in the promotion of regional development with particular reference to one of Sweden’s most successful science parks, the Mjärdevi Science Park. During the 1990s, Mjärdevi was recognized as one of Northern Europe’s most rapidly growing science parks, and it has an enviable record with respect to the launching of local, new technology-based firms. This article traces the historical events related to the creation of Mjärdevi Science Park that have influenced its technological and industrial development. It then outlines the park’s path of development and subsequently addresses key factors affecting the growth dynamics of the park.

Keywords: science parks; regional innovation systems; regional development; Mjärdevi

JEL-codes: O30

44 pages, December 1, 2005

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