Project Details

Title: Knowledge Network Management in Technology Parks
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Innovation, research and technology development

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Dec 2012


Total budget: €2,136,192.27
ERDF contribution: €1,669,197.72

Lead partner

Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning
Flakenstraße 28-31
15537, Erkner

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    • Contact Person: Suntje Schmidt
      Phone: +49 3362 793 150
      Fax: +49 3362 793 111

Project summary

Know-Man improves regional development and spatial innovation policies by exchanging and transferring regional approaches, competencies and instruments of knowledge network management (KNM) to strengthen the region’s global competitiveness. To achieve this goal, the partnership uses instruments developed for intra-firm knowledge management transferring them to a regional level. In business science, knowledge management helps to identify, mobilise, and combine implicit (person-bound) knowledge and competencies making it available for other employees in order to improve the firm’s competitiveness. In the project, such instruments (e.g. knowledge maps, benchmarking, action reviews) are implemented to identify and connect regional cross-sectoral and cross-institutional knowledge potentials within the participating regions.

The project does not intend to introduce a new organisational level within the participating regions. Rather, it unites regional development stakeholders and decision

makers (1. public authorities, 2. economic actors represented by technology parks, and 3. academic representatives) – altogether representing regional TRIPLE HELIX STRUCTURES – to create links between regional endogenous potentials in the knowledge economy. Know-Man specifically intends to improve policies in favour of innovative SMEs, because due to their limited financial and personal resources, SMEs face difficulties to successfully gain access to either regional or global knowledge networks. Each partner contributes to the project’s objectives with rich experiences in strengthening the triple helix structure, in initiating links between enterprises and universities, or by having developed unique policies for innovative SMEs. Uniting these spatially separated experiences, knowledge and competencies, the partnership will be able to elaborate, transfer and publish policies supporting regional KNM. Technology Parks are an ideal partner for KNM as they were institutionalised by public

authorities as a regional economic development & innovation instruments and have proven to be a motor for local economic development with a regional dimension.

The project’s activities have following objectives:

1. strengthening the creative interaction in the knowledge–business–public triangle through an intensive involvement of triple-helix stakeholders

2. identifying, publishing and transferring best practices KNM policies, instruments and tools and their transfer conditions, such as demand analyses, benchmarking KNM services, and regional knowledge atlases

3. Implementing KNM in participating regions through pilot actions

4. developing KNM policy instruments that accelerate the process of bringing new and innovative ideas from public R&D facilities to markets.

The project supports and initiates regional innovation impulses and strengthens each region’s competitiveness. Furthermore, the project develops KNM policies and instruments that can be transferred to other European regions.

Project achievements

Are we aware of what we know – and of what we want to know? The INTERREG IVC project Know-Man developed tools and instruments that may guide regional actors in answering these questions. Know‐Man aims at improving regional development and spatial innovation policies by using tools of regional Knowledge Network Management. The partnership improved existing network management instruments, and transferred successful approaches between regions. Know‐Man developed and worked with following knowledge network management instruments:

1 - Know‐Man Good Practices: For the Know-Man Good Practice Brochure 43 practices were summarized and described including identification box, aims, and the practice’s central phases, as well as its inter-regional transfer potential.

2 - Demand Analysis: This analysis was implemented in each participating technology parks and helped to identify further needs for linking economic and academic actors in technology parks and beyond.

3 - Knowledge Atlas: The

Knowledge Atlas provides combined information on where to find business support, networking institutions, training, academic and research organisations.

4 - Benchmarking: The partnership benchmarked services offered in technology parks that specifically support the linkages and networking among academic and economic contexts.

5 - Round Tables: Each region organised Round Tables were Know-Man results were discussed with regional policy makers.

Out of the identified Good Practices, Expert Tandems were established which in total led to the transfer of five practices. At local and regional level, each partner was involved in an expert tandem or expert group, either as an expert for providing a Good Practice, or as a partner interested in implementing a practice. But: no practice can be transferred among regions without adjustments and changes. The Know-Man Tandems were very lively examples for that.The WIWEX course established at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin became “Ideas to

Reality” in Koroška. The business plan tandem became an expert group uniting and comparing three regional approaches. The Slovenian partners then transferred ideas from these different experts into their own business plan competition. All tandems put tremendous effort in ensuring the sustainability of the tandem work. As a big success story, the business idea course and the business plan competition in Koroška are in their second round of implementation and financing for 2013 is already secured. Furthermore the Roman partners transferred the idea of an online knowledge network platform from Berlin, thanks to an intense network within Rome the platform launched in 2012 and will be continued after the end of the project. Even the practices that were not directly transferred, led to fruitful learning. For example three partners from Berlin, Wroclaw and Seville developed a Recipe Book where they present three unique approaches on how to organise a business breakfast or lunch. The tandems

also laid the ground for a long-term cooperation, e.g. Letters of Agreement were signed between the Student Club Koroška and the Humboldt-Universität Berlin.

The final conference “Knowledge Transfer in Action – Instruments for Interregional Learning” in October 2012 provided a platform for highlighting Know-Man’s results in the broader European context. The project highlighted following hypotheses: No transfer without transformation; Expect the Unexpected; and Interregional Cooperation supports Regional Cooperation.

Know‐Man work could also be integrated in the development of regional innovation strategies in the regions, among others there is a direct influence on strategies in Berlin, Koroška, Lower Silesia and Rome. For supporting this, each region held round tables with the aim to discuss the KNM instruments used by the project consortium. In case of Berlin, e.g., the knowledge atlas approach was integrated in a project proposal for the cooperation among Berlin and Warsaw.



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Erkner GERMANY Brandenburg - Nordost +49 3362 793 150
Berlin Government, represented by Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research, Berlin GERMANY Berlin +49 30 9013 8111
WISTA-Management GmbH, Berlin GERMANY Berlin +49 30 6392 2240
Department of Geography at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, Berlin GERMANY Berlin +49 30 2093 6814
Lower Silesia Voivodship, Wrocław POLAND Dolnoslaskie +48 71 7769391
Wrocław Technology Park, Wrocław POLAND Dolnoslaskie +48 71 798 58 00
Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG), University of Warsaw, Warsaw POLAND Mazowieckie +48 22 826 16 54
Municipality Prevalje, Prevalje SLOVENIA Vzhodna Slovenija + 386 2 824 61 00
Technological Research Centre of Koroška, Slovenj Gradec SLOVENIA Vzhodna Slovenija +386 2 87 87 330
RDA Koroška d.o.o., Regional Development Agency for Koroška region, Dravograd SLOVENIA Vzhodna Slovenija +386 2 872 0015
Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia IDEA, Sevilla SPAIN Andalucía +34 955 03 98 42
Science and Technology Park CARTUJA 93, Sevilla SPAIN Andalucía +34 955928210
"Roma Capitale" - "Group Roma Capitale" - Local Economic Development, Roma ITALY Lazio + 39 06 6710 2328
BIC Lazio SpA - Enterprise Europe Network, Rome ITALY Lazio +39 06 80 368 256,
Veneto Innovazione S.p.A., Venezia Mestre ITALY Veneto 390418685301


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