Science and Technology-Based Regional Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands: Building Support Structures for Business Creation and Growth Entrepreneurship

24 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2008

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Willem Hulsink

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Kashifa Suddle

EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research

Jolanda Hessels

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Date Written: May 2008 8,

Abstract

In this contribution we develop a theoretical framework derived from the national system of innovation literature and the subsequent criticisms voiced by regional scientists and industry/technology experts who emphasize the importance of the intermediate subnational and sectoral levels to analysing science- and technology-based regional entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. The national system of innovation of the Netherlands, and its specifics and peculiarities, and the country’s general entrepreneurship policy, and the most important policy and support initiatives are subsequently discussed. Based on a desire to overcome the knowledge paradox between fundamental research and market needs and on the recognition that the Netherlands lags behind other countries when it comes to innovative entrepreneurship, various changes and initiatives were recently introduced in the Netherlands. The impression is of an overambitious national government with numerous programmes, schemes and agencies involved, sometimes working with each other but at other times separately as well, and its effectiveness can be questioned. Serious paperwork and preparation is involved in the participation in most programes and, together with the complexity of these programmes and policies, small and young entrepreneurs are neither informed, ready or well-equipped; some of them are not even interested in participating in those schemes.

Keywords: system of innovation, science & technology policy, the Netherlands, regional entrepreneurship, high-growth entrepreneurship, universities, knowledge transfer

JEL Classification: M13, O32, M

Suggested Citation

Hulsink, Willem and Suddle, Kashifa and Hessels, Jolanda, Science and Technology-Based Regional Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands: Building Support Structures for Business Creation and Growth Entrepreneurship (May 2008 8,). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2008-048-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1267543

Willem Hulsink (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
Room T08-21
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Netherlands

Kashifa Suddle

EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research

Postbus 7001
2701 AA Zoetermeer
Netherlands

Jolanda Hessels

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, NL 3062 PA
Netherlands

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