Characteristics of Innovation in Regions with Small- and Medium- Sized Towns

Zoltán Birkner, Tivadar Máhr, Erzsébet Péter, Nora Rodek Berkes


Globalisation “takes” its victims, which the authors believe means that the future
of small- and medium-sized towns has become uncertain in Europe. The role
of centres is continuously increasing, and most researchers prefer to analyse
the competitiveness and innovativeness of metropolitan areas. In this study,
we characterise the small- and medium-sized towns in the central–eastern
European region as well as explore their possible development path. The authors
are convinced that one way for these towns to survive is through strengthening
of innovation abilities, which means increasing the innovation performances of
economic stakeholders and new forms of interaction among other institutions
in order to handle social problems. The theoretical starting point is the
interpretation and presentation of the micropolitan (without big towns) regions
as well as understanding the concept of technological and social innovation. As
the result of the research, the innovation measurements carried out in some of
the settlements will be represented. These experiences can help the small- and
medium-sized towns keep up with global competition and cancel migration and
erosion of intellectual potential.


micropolitan region, innovation in regions, technological and social innovation, competition

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