Knowledge Infrastructure in Regions as the Quality of Business Environment Factor


ŽÍTEK Vladimír KLÍMOVÁ Viktorie VITURKA Milan

Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Acta academica karviniensia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Economy
Keywords Universities and colleges; education; research and development; knowledge infrastructure; science and technology parks; business incubators
Description The assessment of knowledge infrastructure, implemented on the level of administrative districts of authorized municipalities – 206 units in total, is aimed at the institutional support for knowledge base development, the fundamental component of which is the infrastructure for education. The main attention is paid to the complexity of appropriate supply. The main objective of the article is dividing of districts into five qualitative groups and their synthesis by regions. The biggest weight is assigned to the location of public universities in regions, lower weight to private universities, colleges and secondary schools. The obtained data about the educational infrastructure has been complemented by an analysis of location of science and research institutes, science and technology parks and business incubators. The most significant centres found in the best classification group are Prague and Brno. The second group contains all the remaining regional capitals except Karlovy Vary, together with Opava – a traditional university centre. The strongest centre within this group is Ostrava, the weakest is Jihlava. Based on this dividing, possibilities to influence the characteristics of knowledge infrastructure factors in the future were suggested.
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