Enterprise-related social capital as a driver of firm growth in the periphery?

Habersetzer, Antoine Jean; Grèzes-Bürcher, Sandra; Boschma, Ron; Mayer, Heike (2019). Enterprise-related social capital as a driver of firm growth in the periphery? Journal of rural studies, 65, pp. 143-151. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.10.009

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Social capital plays an important role in firm competitiveness and firms located in peripheral regions may benefit from different types of social capital such as that gained from contacts to other business partners (production- related) or that gained from contacts with external actors like policymakers and politicians (environment-re- lated). We investigate production-related and environment-related social capital of firms located in Swiss per- ipheral regions and fill a research gap by empirically testing the influence of those two types of social capital on firm performance. Using a unique matched dataset (survey data and register data), we investigate if and how different kinds of networks, and their geography, influence firm growth in peripheral regions. We find that environment-related social capital has, in most cases, positive effects on firm growth. This holds especially for extra-regional social capital. For production-related social capital, however, a positive effect is only significant for geographically proximate clients and suppliers. Consequently, conclusions about what drives firm growth in the periphery have to be nuanced and need to encompass different approaches and explanations.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Economic Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

Habersetzer, Antoine Jean and Mayer, Heike

Subjects:

700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0743-0167

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marlies Kathrin Schneider

Date Deposited:

22 Mar 2019 12:38

Last Modified:

22 Mar 2019 12:38

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.10.009

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Social capital Periphery Survey data Switzerland

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.125287

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/125287

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