Development of a Competence Map of Lower Austrian Mechatronic Companies

Project information

Index: 1014R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Innovation, research and technology development
Location AUSTRIA OSTÖSTERREICH Niederösterreich Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2011
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

The Competence Map is a systematic approach to identify strategically significant innovation potentials and to develop emerging regional economic fields of strength.In intensive workshops companies learn to change their view from product related development to a clear definition of their competences and identification of completely new applications and markets.This was tested in a pilot action with 10 companies in the Mechatronics Cluster resulting in the identification of new markets, esp. in the fields of LED. It will be further adapted to map competences of R&D institutions and identify potential applications and diversify the know-how in untapped sectors.

Good Practice Information

The Competence Map is addressing the challenge to identify common topics for R&D&I of cluster members with impact on the regional value added. It was developed by the Lower Austrian Mechatronics Cluster with support of an external expert for technology analysis and tested with 35 companies. The tool consists of: (1) a comprehensive questionnaire for self-assessment of techn. and organisational
competences, (2) guidelines incl. description of the overall concept, the workshop, the analysis grid, assistance how to complete the evaluation instrument and how to interpret the competencies portfolio. The tool has been rolled out to further companies (regional&private financing) and has been further adapted to map competences of R&D institutions and identify potential applications.

Evidence of success

Feedback from participating companies was very positive.Self-assessment and workshop helped to clarify the understanding of competencies and broaden their view on their markets. 2 techn fields with relevance to several companies were identified, which led to the establishment of a cluster working group. The cluster staff gained a deep insight into the members’ competencies.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Simone Hagenauer

ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria

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