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An ecological perspective on entrepreneurship in industrial districts

  • Udo Staber
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    The model of industrial districts postulates that business foundings are driven by co--operative and competitive processes. These dynamic processes reflect inter--firm learning, operational flexibility, and constant innovation, and are seen as the source of a district's economic vitality. However, empirical studies have usually followed static research designs and investigators have tended to make dynamic inferences from cross--sectional data. In this study, the author draws on organizational ecological theory to test hypotheses concerning temporal variations in the relationship between co--operation, competition, and business founding rates in a textile--clothing district in Germany.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Entrepreneurship & Regional Development.

    Volume (Year): 9 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 45-64

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