Regional Networking as Success Factor in the Transformation Processes of Maritime Industry Experiences and Perspectives from Baltic Sea Countries (WDP)

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Regional Networking as Success Factor in the Transformation Processes of Maritime Industry Experiences and Perspectives from Baltic Sea Countries (WDP)
Herausgeber Gunnar Prause
Erscheinungsjahr 2010
Ausgabe 07
Reihe WDP
Verlag Hochschule Wismar, Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Erscheinungsort Wismar
URL http://www.wi.hs-wismar.de/~wdp/2010/1007_Prause.pdf

Preface

The maritime industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is in the middle of a turbulent period since the start of the financial and economic crisis in 2008. Whereas the field of maritime logistics started to recover from the beginning of 2010 the maritime industry is still facing times of low business activities. Nevertheless, maritime industry is still representing the industrial backbone of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, usually being responsible for approximately 20 % of the regional industrial turnover, more than 350 maritime companies and approximately 12 % of all industrial work places, representing more than 13,000 jobs.

In order to discuss future development perspectives of maritime industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpomern, the 4th regional conference “Maritime Economy in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern” on 1. – 2. December 2010 will offer a forum for representatives from economy, science and politics. Due to the ongoing structural changes in maritime industry, new concepts and perspectives are necessary. The conference discussions will be enriched by presentations from experts from Finland, Norway and Sweden giving their experiences on regional networks as success factors in transformation processes in maritime industry.

This book consists of four papers concentrating on the situation of the shipbuilding sector in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Germany. In contrast to the presentations and discussions during the conference the papers will give a broader view on background information as well as business environment and development than it would be possible in a short conference contribution only. All countries had and have their own traditions and experiences in maritime industry but also all of them took their own ways in developing and transforming the classical shipbuilding sector towards a new perspective. In all four cases regional development and networking aspects played an important role for the elaboration of new concepts.

After having read all four papers it will be obvious how important the regional networking approach is for successful transformation processes and which lessons can be learned for the restructuring of maritime industry. One important message is that the future of European shipbuilding is only possible in the field of maritime high-tech products where the lessons learned from initiatives in all four countries are revealing important experiences of constraints for successful networking structures.

Tallinn, November 2010

Gunnar Prause