From ‘Techniums’ to ‘emptiums’: the failure of a flagship innovation policy in Wales

Pugh, R., Mackenzie, N. G. and Jones-Evans, D. (2018) From ‘Techniums’ to ‘emptiums’: the failure of a flagship innovation policy in Wales. Regional Studies, 52(7), pp. 1009-1020. (doi: 10.1080/00343404.2018.1444272)

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This paper examines the use of European Union Structural Funds to support the development of innovation policy within Wales during the period 2000–06. Drawing on data from the Welsh government and interviews with key stakeholders, it focuses specifically on the Technium programme, a high-profile technology-based innovation intervention that took a predominantly supply-side approach to supporting innovation, resulting in its eventual failure. Consistent within this is an analysis of the efficacy of supply-side policies using European Union funds to support research and development activities to aid economic growth in peripheral, weaker regions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackenzie, Professor Niall
Authors: Pugh, R., Mackenzie, N. G., and Jones-Evans, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Regional Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1360-0591
Published Online:21 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Regional Studies Association
First Published:First published in Regional Studies 52(7):1009-1020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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