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The effect of regional differences on the performance of software firms in the Netherlands

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  • Ron A. Boschma

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  • Anet B.R. Weterings

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This paper aims to explore the effect of regional differences on the performance of software firms in the Netherlands. Inspired by evolutionary economics, we account for the impact of (1) co-location and sharing a local knowledge base; (2) pre-entry experience in the same or related industries; (3) being connected; and, (4) having organisational capabilities to cope with change. The outcomes of the regression analyses on data gathered among 265 software firms suggest that firms located in regions specialised in ICT have a higher innovative productivity. Spin-offs and firms with organisational capabilities also perform better, while network relationships do not affect the performance of software firms.

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Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 0506.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
Date of revision: Jan 2005
Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:0506

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Keywords: evolutionary economics; agglomeration economies; innovative productivity; software industry; spin-offs;

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