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Science Parks, talent attraction and stakeholder involvement: an international study

Eduardo Cadorin (), Magnus Klofsten () and Hans Löfsten ()
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Eduardo Cadorin: Linköping University
Magnus Klofsten: Linköping University
Hans Löfsten: Chalmers University of Technology

The Journal of Technology Transfer, 2021, vol. 46, issue 1, No 1, 28 pages

Abstract: Abstract One aspect of Science Parks development that has come into focus is the attraction of talent, which could include attracting specific expertise, making it easier for firms to be established and reach skilled workers. In order to encompass different contexts, both economic and cultural, a questionnaire was sent to 120 Science Parks, of which 59 (49%) replied. The study included 22 variables, including eleven independent variables according to Science Park stakeholders and characteristics when selecting talent for tenant firms, five control variables, and six variables of Science Park success dimensions. The results show that the characteristics of talent contribute to the park’s success. Universities are the primary source of talent, and the government has a critical role in promoting collaboration between firms and universities. Therefore, park managers should promote links with local universities and the student community as well as strengthen their relationship with government representatives at all levels to receive the necessary support for park development.

Keywords: Science Parks; Talent attraction; Technology-based firms; Success factors; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M13 O32 O44 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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