CRT works with applied research and consulting targeting strategy and policy development at local, regional, national and international levels. We research and perform analyzes in primarily four areas – often focusing on peripheral areas and islands.
CRT research strategy ensures that we are always involved in research areas that meet social needs, market needs or clarify important trends, and where CRT’s competencies can bring about meticulously change in regional development and tourism.
It is crucial for the development of the society that businesses have access to a workforce with the right competencies. Society is rapidly developing, and there is a continuing need to develop and adapt the skills of the labour force.
CRT works in different ways with all four parts of what you traditionally call the tourism product: Accommodation, dining (i.e. food), transport and attractions (activities, experiences).
Danish tourism is a mature tourism without big growth outside the larger cities, which is why innovation and investments are needed.
Danish tourism is challenged regarding the tourists’ assessment of quality versus price, and there is a need for improvement of tourism products, service and experiences. At the same time, we see a development in both terms of accommodation and transport.
Knowledge and innovation are key drivers of economic development in today’s global service and knowledge economies. Regional research has helped to create and disseminate an understanding that innovation and knowledge development are not just individual cognitive activities for researchers and special technicians, but social, institutional and territorial embedded processes.
Regional research concepts of developing knowledge within the framework of regional “innovation systems” and “clusters” (i.e. co-located companies within a defined industry or sector, affiliated suppliers and customers, institutions, research, business services, etc.) have had a great deal influence on business and innovation policy in Denmark.
The regional growth forums are committed to promoting the building of “clusters”. This also applies to business efforts in peripheral areas, where the conditions for business clusters are not as obvious as in larger urban areas with a wide-ranging supply of companies, universities, specialized services etc.
Both in regional research and in business and innovation policy, there is a focus on research-based knowledge, at high-tech innovation in specific industries (IT, medical, etc.), in large urban area’s driving role, as well as on local interaction rather than relationships with and interaction with external actors.
The more practice-related customer / supplier-driven forms of knowledge development and innovation that characterize small and medium-sized enterprises in peripheral areas are not given the same attention.
More knowledge is needed on the ways in which peripheral companies develop knowledge and innovate their products, processes, and organizations, and on the territorial, often regional, implications thereof.
Places are increasingly competing against each other – attracting resourceful people, investments, job creation, and public tasks.
In this competition, cities and their suburbs seem to “win” at the expense of peripheral areas, including islands. At the same time, we live in a time of great movement between places, and many people live or stay in many places throughout their lives. It creates connections – between people, places, networks, organizations and landscapes. The connections provide a renewed understanding of the place – and open up new development perspectives for both big cities, small towns, catchment areas and rural areas.
Thus, places no longer simply consist of the people living there and the physical and cultural resources that are in place, but also through the connections that exist with people, knowledge, economy, networks, etc. elsewhere.
Overall, we can talk about the development of trans-regional perspectives in rural research and regional development. Does this have value for the development of challenged areas and can an increased amount of relationships between the “residents” and different types of visitors create development? Research knows very little about this.
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