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Innovative Milieux and Regional Competitiveness: The Role of Associations and Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Germany

Regional Studies, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 441-452

Posted: 20 Oct 2011  

Wolfgang Maennig

Universität Hamburg, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

Michaela Ölschläger

Hamburg University of Economics and Politics

Date Written: May 1, 2011

Abstract

Innovative milieux and regional competitiveness: the role of associations and chambers of commerce and industry in Germany, Regional Studies. Innovation is regarded as a spatially embedded process in which the social and economic interactive relationships of the actors are an important factor for success. This paper is one of the first to examine empirically the role of organizations such as associations, clubs, societies, and chambers of commerce and industry in innovative milieux. A limited effect of these actors on the regional competitiveness of the sixty largest German cities is found.

Keywords: Innovation, Innovative milieux, Organizations, Social capital, Regional competitiveness

JEL Classification: O18, O31, O52, R11

Suggested Citation

Maennig, Wolfgang and Ölschläger, Michaela, Innovative Milieux and Regional Competitiveness: The Role of Associations and Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Germany (May 1, 2011). Regional Studies, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 441-452. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1946785

Wolfgang Maennig (Contact Author)

Universität Hamburg, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences ( email )

Von-Melle-Park 5
Hamburg, 20146
Germany

Michaela Ölschläger

Hamburg University of Economics and Politics ( email )

Von-Melle-Park 9
Hamburg, 20149
Germany

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