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The Driving Forces of Regional Innovation Systems: The Case of the LEADER Region Marburger Land in Germany

Hornung, Monika LU (2015) SMMM20 20151
Department of Service Management and Service Studies
Abstract
This exploratory research intends to understand the driving forces within a regional innovation system (RIS), analysing the example of a rural area in Germany. It seeks to investigate how RIS help to create sustainable tourism products in rural areas.
The theoretical framework focusses on the concepts of rural tourism, innovation and sustainability. Rural areas are often less developed than urban areas and need to innovate in order to strengthen their infrastructure and economy. One strategic area for innovations is tourism, often contributing considerably to the wealth of a region.
The role of a RIS for promoting sustainable innovations in rural areas is discussed. Due to their locality and smaller size, RIS are highly flexible in their... (More)
This exploratory research intends to understand the driving forces within a regional innovation system (RIS), analysing the example of a rural area in Germany. It seeks to investigate how RIS help to create sustainable tourism products in rural areas.
The theoretical framework focusses on the concepts of rural tourism, innovation and sustainability. Rural areas are often less developed than urban areas and need to innovate in order to strengthen their infrastructure and economy. One strategic area for innovations is tourism, often contributing considerably to the wealth of a region.
The role of a RIS for promoting sustainable innovations in rural areas is discussed. Due to their locality and smaller size, RIS are highly flexible in their response towards changes in the external environment. They are embedded in national, or even global, framework conditions affecting them. Special attention is given to the role of local entrepreneurs as a key resource.
This theoretical framework serves to analyse the "Region Marburger Land" comprising 5 communities in Germany participating in the European LEADER programme during the funding period 2007 to 2013. The case study presents information from desk research and document analysis complemented by semi-structured interviews with persons leading tourism projects.
Results of the LEADER programme, like specific tourism projects in the region and their effects, are analysed to understand the working of this complex system. Literature shows a research gap with regard to RIS and tourism. This study can contribute to closing the gap and to increase the possibilities for comparing cases.

Research Question:
“Which are the driving forces within a Regional Innovation System fostering sustainable products in rural tourism?” (Less)
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Hornung, Monika LU
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SMMM20 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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LEADER programme, Sustainability, Rural Tourism, Regional Innovation System, Case Study
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English
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7863116
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The theoretical framework focusses on the concepts of rural tourism, innovation and sustainability. Rural areas are often less developed than urban areas and need to innovate in order to strengthen their infrastructure and economy. One strategic area for innovations is tourism, often contributing considerably to the wealth of a region.
The role of a RIS for promoting sustainable innovations in rural areas is discussed. Due to their locality and smaller size, RIS are highly flexible in their response towards changes in the external environment. They are embedded in national, or even global, framework conditions affecting them. Special attention is given to the role of local entrepreneurs as a key resource.
This theoretical framework serves to analyse the "Region Marburger Land" comprising 5 communities in Germany participating in the European LEADER programme during the funding period 2007 to 2013. The case study presents information from desk research and document analysis complemented by semi-structured interviews with persons leading tourism projects.
Results of the LEADER programme, like specific tourism projects in the region and their effects, are analysed to understand the working of this complex system. Literature shows a research gap with regard to RIS and tourism. This study can contribute to closing the gap and to increase the possibilities for comparing cases.

Research Question:
“Which are the driving forces within a Regional Innovation System fostering sustainable products in rural tourism?”},
  author       = {Hornung, Monika},
  keyword      = {LEADER programme,Sustainability,Rural Tourism,Regional Innovation System,Case Study},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Driving Forces of Regional Innovation Systems: The Case of the LEADER Region Marburger Land in Germany},
  year         = {2015},
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