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KIBS startups in the Stuttgart region

A surprisingly below-average rate?
: Stahlecker, T.; Muller, E.


International journal of services technology and management 10 (2008), Nr.2/3/4, S.330-334
ISSN: 1460-6720 (Print)
ISSN: 1741-525X (Online)
Fraunhofer ISI ()
Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS); startups; Stuttgart; routinised technology regime

Although the Stuttgart region is among the top performing regions in the European Union (EU) in terms of Research and Development (R&D) expenditures, employment and overall competitiveness, a clear weakness regarding the startup intensity of Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS) firms can be observed. In this research note, it is argued that the Stuttgart region shows the structural characteristics of a routinised technological regime, in which below-average startup and closure rates in the KIBS area occur. Within this context, survivors and growing KIBS startups presumably adapt quite successfully to the existing institutional setup in the region.