Mapping article on ICT innovation in EU regions published

Mapping article on ICT innovation in EU regions published

The Journal of the Knowledge Economy just published our open access article “Regional ICT Innovation in the European Union: Prioritization and Performance (2008–2012)”, which maps the political prioritization of ICT innovation in EU regions and their actual performance in terms of broadband expansion during the programming period 2008-2012 of the European Regional Development Fund.

The key finding is well summarized in the abstract: “In line with ideas of rational strategic management, our working hypothesis states that regions with a dedicated strategy should display better performance. However, our findings suggest that having a dedicated ICT strategy has not had a clear effect on performance in terms of Internet and broadband access, while allocating dedicated ERDF and other expenditure to Internet infrastructure has had a positive effect.”

The paper is a spin-off from Pau Palop García‘s Master thesis, which was supervised by Björn Niehaves as the Professor for E-Governance & Innovation at Hertie School, mentored by me and supported and co-authored by Alexander Kleibrink and Jens Sörvik at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

 

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