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Why Do Business Service Firms Cluster? Small Consultancies, Clustering and Decentralisation in London and Southern England

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  • David Keeble
  • Lilach Nachum
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    Notwithstanding their remarkable recent growth, surprisingly little research has hitherto been conducted on the evolving geography of professional and business services in Britain. This paper analyses the results of a detailed survey of 300 small and medium-sized management and engineering consultancies, in investigating the forces underpinning both the striking clustering of such firms in central London and their growth in decentralised locations of East Anglia and South West England. Particular attention is paid to the role of demand-side influences, localised 'collective learning' processes, and increasing globalisation in clustering, and to so called 'enterprising behaviour theory' in explaining decentralisation.

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    Paper provided by ESRC Centre for Business Research in its series ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers with number wp194.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2001
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    Keywords: business services; clustering London; globalisation; SMEs; collective learning;

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    Cited by:
    1. X. Vence-Deza & Manuel González-López, 2004. "Regional distribution of the knowledge based economy in the eu: towards an oligocentric model?," ERSA conference papers ersa04p692, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Robert Bennett & Paul Robson, 2003. "Changing Use of External Business Advice and Government Supports by SMEs in the 1990s," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(8), pages 795-811.
    3. Xavier Vence & Manuel Gonzalez, 2011. "Knowledge Intensive Services Concentration Across European Regions," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1377, European Regional Science Association.

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