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Characteristics of Innovation in Regions with Small- and Medium-Sized Towns

Birkner Zoltán (), Máhr Tivadar (), Péter Erzsébet () and Berkes Nora Rodek ()
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Birkner Zoltán: University of Pannonia, Applied Economics Institute, Hungary
Máhr Tivadar: PhD student at Applied Economics Institute, University of Pannonia, Hungary
Péter Erzsébet: University of Pannonia, Applied Economics Institute, Hungary
Berkes Nora Rodek: University of Pannonia, Applied Economics Institute, Hungary

Naše gospodarstvo/Our economy, 2018, vol. 64, issue 2, 34-42

Abstract: Globalisation “takes” its victims, which the authors believe means that the future of small- and medium-sized towns has become uncertain in Europe. The role of centres is continuously increasing, and most researchers prefer to analyse the competitiveness and innovativeness of metropolitan areas. In this study, we characterise the small- and medium-sized towns in the central–eastern European region as well as explore their possible development path. The authors are convinced that one way for these towns to survive is through strengthening of innovation abilities, which means increasing the innovation performances of economic stakeholders and new forms of interaction among other institutions in order to handle social problems. The theoretical starting point is the interpretation and presentation of the micropolitan (without big towns) regions as well as understanding the concept of technological and social innovation. As the result of the research, the innovation measurements carried out in some of the settlements will be represented. These experiences can help the small- and medium-sized towns keep up with global competition and cancel migration and erosion of intellectual potential.

Keywords: micropolitan region; innovation in regions; technological and social innovation; competition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O35 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.2478/ngoe-2018-0010

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