The Saga of Kista Science City: The Development of the Leading Swedish IT Hub from a High-Tech Industrial Park to a Science City
International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 258-282, 2005
Posted: 26 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2005
In this paper, the transformation of Kista from a high-tech industrial park to a science city is described. Kista's transformation into a science city in the early 2000s was quick and well-managed. Kista gained international recognition as the boldest venture of the new generation of science cities. To make this new science city come true, the core establishments of Kista Science City paid a lot of attention to integration and community development issues. In fact, community development will remain one of the future challenges to the area. New integrative policies and measures such as the Kista Matching Programme have been launched since the late 1990s, but to change the entire functionality of the area is likely to take several decades or even generations.
Keywords: city, science city, science park, high-tech industrial park, technology policy, innovation policy, Kista, Ericsson, Sweden
JEL Classification: O12, O14, O25, O32, O38
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