By Doreen Massey, David Wield
Technology parks have gotten tested in expanding numbers in just about all components of the area. Promoted as locations at the frontiers of technological know-how the place a brand new breed of scientist-entrepreneur invents a brand new destiny, extolled as high-status places of work the place a brand new sort of worker and versatile labour procedure is within the making, they're visible because the capability saviours of neighborhood and nationwide economies. High-Tech Fantasies criticises the divisive hype of technology parks arguing that either the speculation and perform are unproductive for the economic climate and for any socially innovative technological know-how and expertise. wondering accountability, innovation and symbolism, the authors discover the mutual selection of society, technology and area.
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The park would generate prosperity for the nation by the commercial development of new scientific ideas. Bradfield also stated that the CSP facilitated qualified staff recruitment for companies sited there, and widened ‘job opportunities for graduate and non-graduate staff’. Students would benefit from familiarisation with high-technology industry, ‘which is helpful to them in formulating their employment aims’ (Bradfield 1983). Bradfield does not mention the formation of start-up companies as such, but writes more generally about the ‘potential in the fountain of new scientific ideas which flows in a great university’.
Carter and Watts 1984:21) Many of those interviewed for this study, including the directors of tenant firms, perceived recent changes in Trinity’s strategy, and particularly in its interest in fulfilling a management role beyond property management. Only recently had Trinity begun actively to encourage formal or semi-formal links between the university and the park tenants. One senior Cambridge academic, who was at the time also a director of a science-park company, took the view that ‘Cambridge Science Park has evolved backwards—it started with no support for firms, and has only recently begun to think about that’ (interview).
16 Information technology concentration: Cambridge and Aston compared with park mean (%) Source: Cambridge and Aston: UKSPA-OU-CURDS, UKSPA Tenants Directory and in-depth interviews; all: UKSPA-OU-CURDS However, sectoral classifications of what comes out of establishments give a relatively superficial idea of the activities going on inside them. For example, the computer hardware sector includes a wide variety of processes, from the manufacture of subassemblies, products and systems to the warehousing and distribution of imported hardware products.
High-Tech Fantasies: Science Parks in Society, Science and Space by Doreen Massey, David Wield