Knowledge bases, multi-scale interaction and transformation of the Vienna medical cluster

Tödtling, Franz ORCID: and Sinozic, Tanja and Auer, Alexander (2016) Knowledge bases, multi-scale interaction and transformation of the Vienna medical cluster. SRE - Discussion Papers, 2016/03. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.


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The health sector and medical technologies are of an increasing importance in society and for regional and national economies. Much like other life sciences industries, the medical devices sector relies upon specific factors and knowledge processes that shape and support its innovation capabilities and competitiveness. Previous studies have shown that growth and innovation in this sector depend on specific local factors and conditions as well as on markets and knowledge-interdependencies at higher spatial scales. There is still a research gap on the detailed nature of these driving factors and relationships, however. In this research, we have investigated these issues for the Vienna medical devices cluster that is part of the wider life sciences sector in this region. The main aims of the study were to generate insights into how different economic, knowledge- and policy conditions, and their spatial scales, interact to support and hinder development of the medical devices industry in Vienna, and to draw policy conclusions based on these findings. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Additional Information: Research supported by the Jubilee Anniversary Fund of the City of Vienna for the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Project No. I 582-G11
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Multi-Level Governance and Development
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Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 12:46
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 14:34


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