The locations of innovation described through thirty-nine tech-campuses

Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel, Alexandra den Heijer, Hans de Jonge

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Purpose: This paper describes the different locations of campuses developed to stimulate innovation. It aims at support strategic decisions in the development of new and existing campuses and similar innovation-driven areas. Additionally, it aims to outline the key role of location for urban and regional competitiveness in the knowledge economy.
Design/methodology/approach: This paper tests an existing planning tool that proposes location and connectivity as key aspects to stimulate innovation in campus development. This tool is used to analyse and compare thirty-nine campuses with different locations characteristics worldwide.
Findings: Findings describe five types of location characteristics in existing campuses developed to stimulate innovation. These characteristics are dynamic and exhibit differences in connectivity aspects enabling more or less efficient access to amenities and knowledge networks.
Research limitations/implications: Empirical findings were used to revise and improve the planning tool. Further research exploring the relationship between connectivity aspects and innovation processes is recommended.
Practical implications: This paper support decision makers of new and existing campuses struggling with location decisions by outlining that campus’ connectivity is crucial regardless the campus inner-city or peripheral setting. Improving campus connectivity may be an efficient way to spend the many public and private resources invested on campus development to stimulate innovation.
Originality/value: This paper provides a unique comparison of cases that can be useful to planners of existing campuses to benchmark their current locations in relation to their ambitions on innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-74
JournalCompetitiveness Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Campus development
  • Location
  • Innovation
  • competitiveness
  • connectivity
  • planning


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