An Analytical Framework for Science Parks and Technology Districts with an Application to Singapore

Posted: 9 Nov 2009

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Francis Koh

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Winston T.H. Koh

Singapore Management University - School of Social Sciences

Feichin Ted Tschang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: 2005

Abstract

In this article the requirements for science parks and technology districts to evolve and grow are explored. An analytical framework is proposed to examine the gestation, evolution, and sustainability of science parks and broader, related regional features such as technology districts. The framework is built on the experiences of Silicon Valley, Cambridge Science Park, and the Hsinchu Science District. Despite differences, all have strong capabilities in new firm formation. The framework encompasses three aspects of a science park's development: growth mechanisms, level of technological capabilities, and integration with national or global markets. Three growth mechanisms are identified: (1) government-led infrastructure provision, (2) agglomeration effects, and (3) continual self-renewal through new-business creation. The framework is applied to Singapore's earlier and recent science park strategies (the One-North initiative) to assess its development. Suggestions for its development are offered.(TNM)

Keywords: Experimental/primary research, High technology firms, Cambridge Science Park, Hsinchu Science Park, Singapore Science Park, One-North Plan, Research parks, Industrial districts, Silicon Valley, Competitive advantage, Growth strategies

Suggested Citation

Koh, Francis and Koh, Winston T.H. and Tschang, Feichin Ted, An Analytical Framework for Science Parks and Technology Districts with an Application to Singapore (2005). Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 20, Issue 2, p. 217-239 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1501591

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