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Regional innovation systems and the foundation of knowledge intensive business services

A comparative study in Bremen, Munich, and Stuttgart, Germany
: Koch, A.; Stahlecker, T.


European planning studies 14 (2006), Nr.2, S.123-145
ISSN: 0965-4313
Fraunhofer ISI ()

Knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) are believed to be one of the main drivers of technological change, innovation, and economic progress. Although firm foundations play a crucial role among KIBS, entrepreneurship research has hardly ever investigated the sector. As firm founders in early stages of their firms' development mostly draw on regional resources, and as the provision of the services is an interactive process, "proximity" between the different actors of the particular territorial innovation and production system clearly matters. This contribution analyses the interrelationships between KIBS foundations and their respective innovation and production systems by performing qualitative and conceptual in-depth studies of three German metropolitan regions.