Ever since the success of Silicon Valley , especially with the growth of high-technology culture, other countries and regions have been trying to replicate its experience and to create dynamic entrepreneurial and innovative areas. Some of these attempts were successful, some of them not so much. It is therefore important to examine the factors crucial for the creation of successful technology districts.
The history of Silicon Valley can be traced back sixty years. What started as an attempt by Stanford University to resolve its problems by leasing part of the university grounds to high-tech companies became an industrial system that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship. The development of technoparks, science parks and technology districts usually requires an appropriate legal infrastructure and a strong presence of venture capital firms in the area, as well as a well-planned design (bottom-up, up-down or a mixture of two). The presence of all of these components, however, does not guarantee an immediate success.
The main aim of this special issue is to advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of technology districts and to examine the factors that played a key role in creation of technology districts in different countries. Theoretical, methodological, and/or empirical research papers are welcome.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Case studies of technology districts
- Role of social capital
- Relationship between universities and/or research centres and start-ups
- Venture capital and investment issues
- Technopark design: bottom up, top down or both
- Types of technology
- Legal issues
- Policy issues
Deadline for submission of proposals/abstracts (around 400 words): 15 March, 2012
Author notification: 15 April, 2012
Deadline for full paper submission: 15 October, 2012