Knowledge, Innovation and Regional Culture in Waterloo’s ICT Cluster. Allison Bramwell, Jen Nelles and David A Wolfe May 13, 2004. The Waterloo Region ICT Cluster. “Canada’s Technology Triangle” includes the municipalities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge
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Knowledge, Innovation and Regional Culture in Waterloo’s ICT Cluster
Allison Bramwell, Jen Nelles and David A Wolfe
May 13, 2004
“The truth is that [U]Waterloo has done the most tech transfer by a factor of 5 or 6 of any other university but most of that was done in the 70s and 80s, it’s not current experience. So there’s a little bit of nostalgia playing out there”
“At best, you know, it’s a research project, at best you’re going to get some idea feasibility and you may be getting some prototype out of it and that’s really where my expectations stop”
“It all has to do with proximity to the university and that fact that a lot on our staff at this point, probably 400 of our 2,000 staff went to Waterloo, 100 or more went to Conestoga…once it starts it seems to keep on going but the thing that started it off was some people decided to stay here”
“Socio-cultural factors often remain as a residual that could potentially explain basic differences in innovativeness and competitiveness between localities and regions”
(Pilon & de Bresson, 2003)
How do we characterize the distinctive culture of the Waterloo Region?
The success of the Waterloo Region ICT cluster rest on the interaction between the locational decisions of firms, local educational and research institutions and civic associations, and a distinctive regional culture