Local responses to global technological change – Contrasting restructuring practices in two rural communities in Austria.

M. Fink, R.. Lang, Rainer Harms

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    Abstract

    In this article, we investigate into local economic restructuring in rural areas that are affected by disruptive technologies. Drawing on an institutionalist framework we apply systematic theory-informed case study analysis of two rural communities in Austria and identify practices that are crucial for a sustainable development of local communities and find that disruptive technologies have to be accompanied by social innovations in the affected communities which consider the capacities and the needs of the local community and establish vertical linkages to policies on the regional and national level. We contribute to the theoretical discussion by presenting a feasible framework for contextual analysis of economic restructuring. Further, we show how this institutionalist perspective can generate insights that support entrepreneurs and policy makers in designing strategies and policies to handle disruptive technologies in rural areas.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)243-252
    JournalTechnological forecasting and social change
    Volume80
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • METIS-294249
    • IR-82952

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