Firm Building and Entrepreneurship in Second-Tier High-Tech Regions

Mayer, Heike (2013). Firm Building and Entrepreneurship in Second-Tier High-Tech Regions. European planning studies, 21(9), pp. 1392-1417. Carfax 10.1080/09654313.2012.755833

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This paper examines how a second-tier high-technology region leveraged corporate assets—mostly from transnational firms—in building a knowledge-based economy. The paper reviews how firm building and entrepreneurship influence the evolution of a peripheral regional economy. Using a case study of Boise, Idaho (the US), the research highlights several important sources of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial firm formation is closely linked with a region's ability to grow incubator organizations, particularly innovative firms. These innovative firms provide the training ground for entrepreneurs. Firms, however, differ and the ways in which firm building activities influence regional entrepreneurship depend on firm strategy and organization. Thus, second-tier high-tech regions in the US are taking a different path than their well-known counterparts such as Silicon Valley or Route 128 around Boston.

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
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Heike

Subjects:

700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0965-4313

Publisher:

Carfax

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Wälti-Stampfli

Date Deposited:

11 Dec 2013 16:40

Last Modified:

07 Sep 2017 16:07

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/09654313.2012.755833

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/39477

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