4. Measuring Social and Economic Impacts of Science and Technology Parks

Track conveners – Patricia Alencar Silva Mello patalencar@yahoo.com,
Ciro Biderman ciro.biderman@gmail.com,
Lycia Lima lycialima@gmail.com,
and Claudia Hiromi Oshiro claudiahiromi@gmail.com, Fundação Getulio Vargas – Public Administration and Government School (FGV-SP EAESP) – Brazil, São Paulo.

Although Science and Technology Parks (STPs) are spreading worldwide as a result of innovation and competitiveness policies by both established and emerging economies, there are few studies able to certify the success of these organizations. A sense of urgency to find effective methods to measure these innovative environments and their complexity has been motivating many researchers. There is need for data analytics, metrics and indicator’s not only to accountability purposes, given that almost all STPs are funded by public resources, but also because studies of these sort may reveal ways and strategies to increase the efficiency of these environments and to direct public programs that focus on spreading STPs.

The results of Science Park’s progress measurement carried out so far show no consensus, which may be explained by differences between those science parks studied. However, some of them have highlighted some positive results such as affirmative impact on regional economic development, patenting performance improvement by companies within the park, R & D diversity enlargement and others.

This track calls for theory, research, and practice in empirical and analytical approaches that intend to develop metrics to measure the performance of STPs. We invite theoretical and empirical perspectives from different areas, as well as experimental research and case studies addressing questions such as: How to measure the impact of these innovative ecosystems which are organized as real estate enterprises where the so-called triple helix elements – academia, private sector and state, work synergistically developing activities based on science, technology and innovation?


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