Understanding Territorial Servitization in post-industrial Regions

This project seeks to comprehend the differences and similarities between these regions. By conducting interviews and focus groups with policymakers and business leaders, the project aims to develop measures that promote symbiotic collaboration mechanisms between industrial firms and providers of knowledge-intensive services (KIBS).

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Ruhr Region, and Bizkaia

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The project titled "Understanding and engaging in territorial servitization in the Basque Country and the Ruhr area" (TerriServ) is conducted collaboratively by researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Universidad de Deusto. It aims to depict the current status of territorial servitization in the Ruhr region and Bizkaia. It seeks to comprehend the differences and similarities between these regions.

By conducting interviews and focus groups with policymakers and business leaders, the project aims to develop measures that promote symbiotic collaboration mechanisms between industrial firms and providers of knowledge-intensive services (KIBS). The goal is to gain an understanding of the process of territorial servitization and its impact on the structural transformation of post-industrial regions.

Coordination: Jens Pöppelbuß, Institute Product and Service Engineering (IPSE), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ruhr University Bochum

Ciara O'Higgins and Lorea Narvaiza Cantín, Universidad de Deusto, Deusto Business School, Bilbao and San Sebastian

Bart Kamp and Dr. Miren Estensoro, Universidad de Deusto, Basque Institute of Competitiveness (Orkestra), San Sebastian

In the first focus group workshop that was organized together with Bilbao Ekintza and took place on November 28th, stakeholders from government, academia and KIBS entrepreneurs were invited to share their opinions on how to increase regional collaboration and thus competitiveness in Bizkaia. Timon Urs Knapp and Martin Ebel from the Chair of Industrial Sales and Service Engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum were present to add their perspective to the discussions and get in touch with stakeholders in Bizkaia.

After a couple of impulses from townhall and research, the participants formulated and prioritized the biggest challenges to achieving resilient hybrid value creation networks in the region. In coming workshops, these challenges will be systematically addressed, and strategies will be elaborated to successfully connect industrial players and KIBS in the region. A similar approach will be taken early 2024 in Bochum, building upon and complementing the insights generated in Bilbao. Basque researchers will be present in Germany for this.

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