FRIDA - Fostering regional innovation and development through anchors and networks

Kurzbeschreibung des Projektes:

The FRIDA project aims to improve regional policy making within the EU, by advancing state of the art understanding of the importance of anchor firms to regional development and cohesion. Anchor firms are known to be increasingly important to regional development as highly entrepreneurial, multi-national firms restructure and relocate in response to the pressures of globalisation.
However, there is currently a substantial gap in our understanding of the reasons for their qualitatively different impacts on different regions, how and why they assist the development of networks and capabilities in regions, and what local policies make particular regions attractive, and influence anchor firms to contribute towards more cohesion and even development. By addressing these questions, the FRIDA project aims to both improve understanding and contribute towards the effectiveness of policy making.
The outputs of the project are designed to directly help regional policy-making to better anticipate and respond to economic restructuring by helping create regional governance systems that ensure less developed regions level-up to the most developed regions, rather than more developed regions levelling-down in response to the increasing freedom of movement of capital, production and knowledge.
In doing so, the project aims to improve development throughout Europe in a way that is more sustainable, even and socially cohesive.
To do this, the FRIDA project will integrate analysis across a range of analytical levels and across advantaged and disadvantaged areas within and between regions. The methodology is innovative in that it moves from a ‘bottom-up’ micro-analysis of economic action and strategies at the enterprise level to sectoral, regional, national and European levels to explore the role of anchors and networks in driving competitiveness and growth at the firm, regional and cross regional levels.
The project brings together a range of diverse international experts, with well established track records in their fields, to engage in inter-dependent, inter-disciplinary, policy-focused research.

Deutsche Partner in diesem Projekt:

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Department of International Management
Andreas Al-Laham

Weitere Partner:

- Université Pierre Mendes, Grenoble, FR
- The Karol Adamiecki University of Economics, Faculty of Management, Chair of Business Management, Katowice, PL
- University of Sussex, Department of Science and Technology Policy Research, Brighton, UK
- University of Catania, Dipartimento Impresa Culture e Società, Catania, IT
- National Technical University of Ukraine „Kyiv Polytechnic Institute“, Department of Industrial Marketing, Kyiv, UA




Università di Bologna
Department of Management, Bologna
Gianni Lorenzoni

Funding Scheme:
Collaborative project
(small and medium scale focused research project)

Research Area:
Activity 2:  Path towards sustainable development
Area: Regional, territorial and social cohesion

Regional development challenges in an evolving international context

24 months

Start date:

EC Contribution:
1.275.000 €

Proposal Number:

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