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Technology-based SMEs in the Go ¨teborg Region: Their Origin and Interaction with Universities and Large Firms

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  • Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand

LINDHOLM DAHLSTRAND Å. (1999) Technology-based SMEs in the Go ¨teborg region: their origin and interaction with universities and large firms, Reg. Studies 33 , 379-389 . This paper investigates the local origins and continued regional interaction of a group of new technology-intensive Go ¨teborg SMEs. The results are based on an original survey of 52 such firms. It finds that these Go ¨teborg SMEs were almost exclusively established as spin-offs by founders who were previously working for another local firm or university. Local links and relationships - especially with the previous employer and with Chalmers University - were initially important for their development. With time, however, the importance of such links has tended to decline, and instead wider national relationships are becoming more important. LINDHOLM DAHLSTRAND Å. (1999) PME a la pointe de la technologie situees dans la region de Goteborg: gene ¤ se et synergie quant aux universites et aux grandes entreprises, Reg. Studies 33 , 379-389 . Cet article cherche a examiner la genese locale et la synergie continue, regionale d'un groupe de nouvelles PME a la pointe de la technologie situees dans la region de Goteborg. Les resultats proviennent d'une enquete menee aupres de 52 entreprises de ce type. Il s'avere que ces PME-l a ont ete etablies presque exclusivement par des createurs d'entreprise qui travaillaient autrefois pour une autre entreprise ou une universite locales. Les liens et relations locaux - surtout quant a l'employeur anterieur et a l'Universite ´ de Chalmers - s'averent importants pour leur de ´marrage. Cependant, l'importance de tels liens a eu tendance a diminuer sur le temps, et a leur place on attache progressivement plus d'importance aux relations nationales plus larges. LINDHOLM-DAHLSTRAND Å. (1999) Kleine und mittlere, auf Technologie gestu ¨tzte Unternehmen in der Go ¨teburger Region: Entstehung und Verflechtung mit Universita ¨ten und Grossfirmen, Reg. Studies 33 , 379-389 . Dieser Aufsatz untersucht Ortsursprung und anhaltende regionale Verflechtung einer Gruppe neuer, technologisch intensiv arbeitender kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen in und um Go ¨teborg. Die Ergebnisse beruhen auf einer eigens dazu durchgefu ¨hrten Untersuchung von 52 Firmen dieser Art. Er stellt fest, dass diese kleinen und mittleren Go ¨teburger Unternehmen fast ausnahmslos als Nebenprodukt der Ta ¨tigkeit von Gru ¨ndern etabliert wurden, die bis dahin fu ¨r andere Firmen oder Universita ¨ten am gleichen Ort arbeiteten. Verbindungen und Beziehungen am Orte-besonders zu ehemaligen Arbeitgebern und der Chalmers Universita ¨t waren anfa ¨nglich fu ¨r ihre Entwicklung wichtig. Im Laufe der Zeit hat die Bedeutung solcher Verknu ¨pfungen meist abgenommen, wa ¨hrend weiterverzweigte stattdessen im ganzen Lande an Bedeutung zunehmen.

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

Volume (Year): 33 (1999)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 379-389

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Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:33:y:1999:i:4:p:379-389
DOI: 10.1080/713693558
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  1. Annika Rickne & Staffan Jacobsson, 1999. "New Technology-Based Firms In Sweden - A Study Of Their Direct Impact On Industrial Renewal," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(3), pages 197-223.
  2. Dorfman, Nancy S., 1983. "Route 128: The development of a regional high technology economy," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 12(6), pages 299-316, December.
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