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The dynamics and evolution of local industries-the case of linköping, sweden
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
2014 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 22, no 5, 929-948 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article aims to analyse how innovative, individual actions influence the evolution of local industries according to three stages. When discussing the evolution of industries or economies, the concept of path dependency is often a central element. Its vague nature makes it however difficult to be used as an interpretative lens when studying the evolution of local industries. In order to limit the broad concept, several aspects have been identified for discussion; all are explicitly linked to path dependency in economic geography literature and all are acknowledged to be of significance for stimulating the evolution of local industries. Based on a review of the evolutionary economic theory literature, the following three stages have been identified: First, the entering of new knowledge which may, or may not, be the starting point for a new local industry; second, the formation of the new local industry; third, the anchoring process of the new local industry. All three stages are intertwined and include the question how the new emerging industry and the existing local structures relate to each other. The three stages will be illustrated through the discussion of the evolution of the IT industry in Linköping, Sweden.

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Routledge Journals , 2014. Vol. 22, no 5, 929-948 p.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6649DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.744383ISI: 000335841600003Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo7BED46BB1CC77978C1257B9B004AE12BOAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-6649DiVA: diva2:834173
Available from: 2014-07-17 Created: 2013-07-01 Last updated: 2017-04-04Bibliographically approved
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1. History and geography matter: The cultural dimension of entrepreneurship
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This dissertation deals with the rise of new industries through entrepreneurial activities. The aim is to investigate how differences in contexts might encourage or discourage entrepreneurial activities. This contextualization of entrepreneurship enhanced our understanding of when, how and why entrepreneurial activities happen.

Entrepreneurship is recognized to be a spatially uneven process and, in addition to previous research that has examined the actions of individual entrepreneurs, we also need to understand the context in which entrepreneurship occurs. We have a good understanding of how structural conditions like industry structure, organization structure and agglomeration effects influence the context, but we know little about how the social dimension of the context is the transmitting medium between structural conditions for entrepreneurship and the decision to act upon identified entrepreneurial opportunities. Following this line of argument, this dissertation is built on the assumption that entrepreneurship is a social phenomenon which gives strong arguments for including local culture in entrepreneurship research.

The temporal persistence and the pronounced differences of culture and structural conditions between places reflect path-dependent processes. I therefore use regional path dependence as an interpretative lens to study the contextualization of entrepreneurship in two Swedish cities.

Although each context is unique, some generalizations can be drawn from the four individual papers in this dissertation. The first is that industrial legacy leads to the formation of a distinct local culture and that the persistency of this culture influences the subsequent entrepreneurial activities in new local industries. The second is that this persistency of culture suggests that entrepreneurs who are outsiders, geographically or socially, are the driving forces for the emergence of new local industries. Finally, new industry emergence is a result of a combination of exogenous forces and initial local conditions, but it is the entrepreneurial individuals who translate these forces and conditions into entrepreneurial activities.

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Karlskrona: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 2017
Series
Blekinge Institute of Technology Doctoral Dissertation Series, ISSN 1653-2090 ; 4
Keyword
Entrepreneurship, culture, path dependence, region, local, geography
National Category
Social Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:bth-14018 (URN)978-91-7295-337-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-04-21, J1650, Campus Gräsvik, Karlskrona, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-03-17 Created: 2017-03-17 Last updated: 2017-04-20Bibliographically approved

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