Higher Education Policy

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 481–498 | Cite as

The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Fostering Industry Clusters in Peripheral Regions: Strategies, Actors and Outcomes

  • Inna ČábelkováEmail author
  • Roger Normann
  • Romulo Pinheiro
Original Article


Despite new empirical insights on the topic, the role of the universities in regional development is far from clear. Some regions with strong universities manage to benefit from technological spillovers, while others fail to develop strong industry–university connections, which leaves the research potential of the university largely unutilized. This paper investigates the role played by universities in the development of industrial clusters in two peripheral regions in Norway and the Czech Republic. In so doing, we contrast between a more and a less successful case scenario shedding light on key contextual factors, including the importance attributed to top-down versus bottom-up approaches. The paper contributes with new empirical insights on the role of higher education institutions in regional cluster development.


higher education regional economic development industry clusters peripheral regions Norway Czech Republic 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009–2014 and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports under Project Contract No. MSMT-5397/2015.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inna Čábelková
    • 1
    Email author
  • Roger Normann
    • 2
  • Romulo Pinheiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of HumanitiesCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.AgderforskningKristiansandNorway

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