In line with the priorities set out in the 9th and 10th Development Plans, the “Technology Development in Organised Industrial Zones Project” was designed and put into practice. The project has been undertaken with the support of the Strategy and Budget Office of the Presidency (Former Ministry of Development) and with the executive partnership of the Ministry of Industry and Technology (MoIT) and the implementing authority of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A total of 293 face-to-face interviews were conducted in 12 Organised Industrial Zones (OIZ) located in 9 provinces between March 2017 and January 2018. The effects of OIZs on the firms and the needs of the firms in technology related issues were determined through extensive fieldwork. The fieldwork examined how OIZs can provide better services based on the firm’s innovation needs. This study summarizes the research’s field results conducted within the scope of the “Technology Development in OIZs Project”. Through fieldwork, the impact of OIZs on the firms were evaluated, and the needs of the firms on technology-related issues were determined. Also, research was carried out to find out what kind of a model could assist OIZs to provide solutions for the firms’ needs.
The main objective of this study is to increase the contributions of the Organised Industrial Zones to Turkey’s competitive capacity, national economy, industry on sectoral basis, and regional and local development in a world where topics such as the knowledge-based society, innovation and digitalization through R&D are heavily discussed today.