Science Parks, talent attraction and stakeholder involvement: an international study
Journal article, 2021

One aspect of Science Parks development that has come into focus is the attraction of talent, which could include attracting specific expertise, making it easier for firms to be established and reach skilled workers. In order to encompass different contexts, both economic and cultural, a questionnaire was sent to 120 Science Parks, of which 59 (49%) replied. The study included 22 variables, including eleven independent variables according to Science Park stakeholders and characteristics when selecting talent for tenant firms, five control variables, and six variables of Science Park success dimensions. The results show that the characteristics of talent contribute to the park’s success. Universities are the primary source of talent, and the government has a critical role in promoting collaboration between firms and universities. Therefore, park managers should promote links with local universities and the student community as well as strengthen their relationship with government representatives at all levels to receive the necessary support for park development.

technology-based firms

success factors

talent attraction


science parks


Eduardo Cadorin

Linköping University

Magnus Klofsten

Linköping University

Hans Löfsten

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Journal of Technology Transfer

0892-9912 (ISSN)

Vol. 46 1 1-28

Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Economics and Business



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