The present paper reports a comparative view about significant aspects of the economic structure and knowledge formation process and system in two European regions: Lodz Voivodship and Apulia Region. Among differences we consider that Lodz is sited in the geographical centre of Poland and, in perspective, in the barycentre of the enlarged Union, while Apulia is on the south-eastern boarder of European Union. Under the productive point of view, Lodz area is transforming its big plants into small business, that is the dominant plants size in Apulia with a lot of problems connected with this dimension. In addition, if we observe both the regions in a longer perspective, we may note that Lodz region shows a higher economic variation in terms of GDP per capita (4,3% annual average between 1995 and 2004) so that it’s ranked at the 7th position among the sixteen Polish regions. Opposite, Apulia GDP growth at the same time shows an annual average equal to 1,2%, ranking at the 18th position out of twenty Italian regions. Among similarities, we look the demographic and territorial dimension, the domination of traditional industries, the low innovativeness capacity and scarce presence of advanced technology sectors, the low attraction of foreign capital. Finally, despite the fact that both regions are knowledge-based, they meet difficulties to fully use regional scientific capabilities in terms of transformation of knowledge into innovation and technology results. In our opinion this last similarity is due to: discontinuity in the strategy, low concentration of resources and tools, variation of rules.

Lodz Voivodship and Apulia Region: A Comparative Assessment of R&D System in Two European Regions

LOSURDO, Francesco;
2008

Abstract

The present paper reports a comparative view about significant aspects of the economic structure and knowledge formation process and system in two European regions: Lodz Voivodship and Apulia Region. Among differences we consider that Lodz is sited in the geographical centre of Poland and, in perspective, in the barycentre of the enlarged Union, while Apulia is on the south-eastern boarder of European Union. Under the productive point of view, Lodz area is transforming its big plants into small business, that is the dominant plants size in Apulia with a lot of problems connected with this dimension. In addition, if we observe both the regions in a longer perspective, we may note that Lodz region shows a higher economic variation in terms of GDP per capita (4,3% annual average between 1995 and 2004) so that it’s ranked at the 7th position among the sixteen Polish regions. Opposite, Apulia GDP growth at the same time shows an annual average equal to 1,2%, ranking at the 18th position out of twenty Italian regions. Among similarities, we look the demographic and territorial dimension, the domination of traditional industries, the low innovativeness capacity and scarce presence of advanced technology sectors, the low attraction of foreign capital. Finally, despite the fact that both regions are knowledge-based, they meet difficulties to fully use regional scientific capabilities in terms of transformation of knowledge into innovation and technology results. In our opinion this last similarity is due to: discontinuity in the strategy, low concentration of resources and tools, variation of rules.
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