Innovation Ecosystem: A Case Study of Kluaynamthai Innovative Industries District

Main Article Content

Rittirong Chutapruttikorn
Suksan Chunarrom


According to the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan, it aims to enhance Startup’s ability to use innovation and digital technology to create value for products and services. Existing industries in Kluaynamthai district have been interested to develop to be innovative industries, at the same time the district itself is driven as an innovation district. Nevertheless to increase innovation in this area, it needs to explore and evaluate the potential of its innovation ecosystem. In order to understand Kluaynamthai’s innovation ecosystem, the main methods of this study are focus groups and interview with stakeholders, survey the physical area of district on the boundary of 7.2 and build up public awareness and public hearing.

Such innovation ecosystem consists of, 1) Physical assets: found that the district locates in the city center. There is a number of vacant lands and buildings for development, recreation areas for enhancing good quality of living, and affordable residences as well as offices for Startup; 2) Network assets: found that the academic institutes and research labs are ready to incubate innovators and create innovative prototypes. The existing industries can provide business opportunities which are results from the change of a heavy industrial mode of production to innovation mode. In addition, other stakeholders such as banks can act as an investment hub; 3) Economic assets: found that the Kluaynamthai district is a mix-used area in which suit for Startup and Innovator to work, live, learn and play. The survey of innovative ecosystem through the three assets leads to the strategic plan for district development. However, at present a small number of them are in this location. Increasing Startup is a vital challenge to develop this area to become innovation district.


Download data is not yet available.

Article Details



Bangkokbiznews. (2017, October 12). NIA Cooperated with Bangkok University Proposed Innovation District Project. Retrieved January 8, 2018, from

Bangkok City Smart. (2017). The port authority of Thailand pushes forward ten thousand million bahts project to develop 3,000 rais of the Bangkok port. Retrieved May 14, 2018, from

Cauce, A. (2016). The university’s role in the innovation ecosystem (Times higher education asia summit keynote). Retrieved October 20, 2018, from

De Chiara, J., & Koppelman, L. E. (1975). Urban planning and design criteria (2nd ed.). New York:, Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Everett, R. (2003). Diffusion of innovations, 5th ed. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Hilbert, M., & López, P. (2011). The world’s technological capacity to store, communicate, and compute information. Science, 332(6025), 60–65.

Jackson, D. (n.d.). What is an innovation ecosystem?. Retrieved October 20, 2018, from

Katz, B., Rainwate, B., & Wagner, J. (2014). The rise of innovation districts: A new geography of innovation in America. Retrieved August 10, 2017, from

Markman, A. (2012, December 4). How to create an innovation ecosystem. Retrieved February 12, 2018, from

Natural and Cultural Environmental Conservation Division. (2016). Old community district. Retrieved October 20, 2018, from

Nation TV. (2017, October 15). Kluaynamthai district: The new innovation district of Bangkok. Retrieved March 22, 2017, from

Office of The National Economic and Social Development Board. (2017). The twelfth national economic and social development plan (2017-2021). Retrieved August 3, 2017, from

Posttoday. (2017a, July 5). Bangkok’s green space is lesser than 3 times of green space standard. Retrieved May 27, 2018, fromพื้นที่สีเขียว.

Posttoday. (2017b, November 27). The port authority accelerates the establishment of affiliates to upgrade “Klongtoey” as world class port. Retrieved October 21, 2017, from

Prachachat. (2018, June 6). Bangkok University refines the city campus upgrade to be innovative international hub at the hearth of Kluaynamthai. Retrieved June 10, 2561,

Provincial and Local Government, Department, Province and Bangkok. (2014). Consultancy project to study, survey and design to solve traffic problems on the old railway road. Retrieved October 3, 2017, from

Realist. (2018). When the luxury extended to Prakanong station. Retrieved October 25, 2018, fromสถานีพระโขนง.

Schwartz, D., & Bar-El, R. (2015) The role of a local industry association as a catalyst for building an innovation ecosystem: An experiment in the state of Ceara in Brazil. Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, 17(3), 383-399.

Suchivoraphanpong, V. (2018). Keeping pace with world innovation with 5 books of innovation should not missed in 2018. Retrieved May, 29, 2018, from

Tegos, M. (2017, March 14). In 2017’s top 20 ecosystems, Beijing leads in startup’s experience, Singapore in talent. Retrieved February 27, 2018, from

Tonglor, T. (2018). The hidden potential of Kluaynamthai-Sukumwit 42 and how does the future growth of Rama 4 affect to Kluaynamthai innovative industries district?. Retrieved October 25, 2018, fromศักยภาพที่ซ่อนอยู่/.

Traffic and Transportation Department, Bangkok. (2016). Transforming the BRT into the sky train gray line. Retrieved September 7, 2017, from

Urban Redevelopment Authority. (2014). An even more dynamic industrial landscape: One-north. Retrieved May 2, 2018, from

VoiceTV. (2018, February 14). NIA Organized the event ‘District Summit 2018’ driving Thailand to be the center of digital economic, launching innovation district and developing the city of innovators. Retrieved October, 24, 2018, from

World Industry Reporter. (2013). Innovation ecosystem analysis – Ecosystem mapping. Retrieved October 20, 2018, from