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Changing Value Chain of the Swiss Knowledge Economy: Spatial Impact of Intra-firm and Inter-firm Networks within the Emerging Mega-City Region of Northern Switzerland


  • Alain Thierstein
  • Stefan Luthi
  • Christian Kruse
  • Simone Gabi
  • Lars Glanzmann


Thierstein A., Luthi S., Kruse C., Gabi S. and Glanzmann L. Changing value chain of the Swiss knowledge economy: spatial impact of intra-firm and inter-firm networks within the emerging Mega-City Region of Northern Switzerland, Regional Studies. Based on an empirical analysis of intra-firm and inter-firm connectivities, this paper focuses on the spatial behaviour of advanced producer services (APS) firms and their relevance for polycentricity in the emerging Mega-City Region of Northern Switzerland. APS firms are found to be the main drivers of the emerging Mega-City Region. Although Zurich seems to be the central node in national APS networks, it is the complementary combination of Zurich and Basel, together with some secondary centres, that raises the emerging Mega-City Region to a competitive level in the context of the global economy. [image omitted] Thierstein A., Luthi S., Kruse C., Gabi S. et Glanzmann L. L'evolution de la chaine des valeurs dans l'economie de la connaissance suisse - l'impact geographique des reseaux intra et interentreprises au sein de la naissante mega-cite-region de la Suisse du Nord, Regional Studies. A partir d'une analyse empirique de la connectivite intra et interentreprises, cet article cherche a focaliser le comportment geographique des services a la production avances (advanced producer services, APS) et leur importance pour ce qui est du maillage polycentrique de la naissante mega-cite-region de la Suisse du Nord. Il s'avere que les entreprises APS sont les principales forces motrices de la naissante mega-cite-region. Bien que Zurich semble etre le noyau central des reseaux APS nationaux, c'est le binome Zurich-Basel, conjointement avec quelques centres secondaires, qui elevent la naissante mega-cite-region au rang competitif dans le cadre de l'economie mondialisee. Economie de la connaissance Chaine des valeurs Maillage polycentrique Mega-cite-regions Analyse des reseaux Thierstein A., Luthi S., Kruse C., Gabi S. und Glanzmann L. Die veranderte Wertschopfungskette der Wissensokonomie in der Schweiz. Raumliche Auswirkungen von firmeninternen und firmenexternen Standortnetzen in der Metropolregion Nordschweiz, Regional Studies. Der Artikel betrachtet das raumliche Verhalten von wissensintensiven Dienstleistungsunternehmen und deren Relevanz fur die polyzentrische Raumentwicklung der Metropolregion Nordschweiz. Die Resultate basieren auf einer Analyse von firmeninternen und firmenexternen Standortverflechtungen und machen deutlich, dass die wissensintensiven Dienstleistungsunternehmen die treibenden Krafte der Metropolregion Nordschweiz sind. Zurich erweist sich zwar als zentraler Standort fur internationale Netzwerke wissensintensiver Dienstleistungsunternehmen. Erst die Komplementaritat von Zurich, Basel und weiteren nachrangigen Agglomerationen fuhrt jedoch zur notigen kritischen Masse, damit die Metropolregion Nordschweiz im internationalen Standortwettbewerb bestehen kann. Wissensokonomie Wertschopfungskette Polyzentritat Metropolregionen Netzwerkanalyse Thierstein A., Luthi S., Kruse C., Gabi S. y Glanzmann L. La cambiante cadena de valores de la economia suiza del conocimiento: impacto espacial de las redes intra e interempresariales en la emergente region mega-ciudad al norte de Suiza, Regional Studies. Basandonos en un analisis empirico de las conexiones intra e interempresariales, en este articulo abordamos el comportamiento espacial de los servicios avanzados al productor (SAP) y su importancia para la policentralidad en la emergente region mega-ciudad al norte de Suiza. Observamos que las empresas SAP son los principales impulsores de la emergente region mega-ciudad. Aunque Zurich parece ser el nodo central en las redes nacionales de SAP, es la combinacion complementaria de Zurich y Basilia, junto con algunos centros secundarios, lo que eleva la emergente region mega-ciudad a un nivel competitivo en el contexto de la economia global. Economia del conocimiento Cadenas de valores Policentralidad Regiones mega-ciudad Analisis de redes

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  • Alain Thierstein & Stefan Luthi & Christian Kruse & Simone Gabi & Lars Glanzmann, 2008. "Changing Value Chain of the Swiss Knowledge Economy: Spatial Impact of Intra-firm and Inter-firm Networks within the Emerging Mega-City Region of Northern Switzerland," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(8), pages 1113-1131.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:42:y:2008:i:8:p:1113-1131
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400802154557

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    1. Alain Thierstein & Stefan Lüthi, 2012. "Interlocking Firm Networks in the German Knowledge Economy: The Case of the Emerging Mega-city Region of Munich," Chapters,in: Creative Knowledge Cities, chapter 13 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. DAUTEL Vincent & WALTHER Olivier, 2011. "The geography of innovation in the Luxembourg metropolitan region: an intra-regional approach," LISER Working Paper Series 2011-38, LISER.
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    4. Vincent Dautel & Olivier Walther, 2014. "The geography of innovation in a small metropolitan region: An intra-regional approach in Luxembourg," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 93(4), pages 703-725, November.
    5. Stefan Lüthi & Alain Thierstein & Michael Hoyler, 2015. "The world city network: national versus global perspective," ERSA conference papers ersa15p66, European Regional Science Association.
    6. Michael Bentlage & Alain Thierstein & Stefan Lüthi, 2011. "Intra firm and extra firm networks in the German knowledge economy. Economic development of German agglomerations from a relational perspective," ERSA conference papers ersa11p998, European Regional Science Association.
    7. Ben Derudder & Christof Parnreiter, 2014. "Introduction: The Interlocking Network Model for Studying Urban Networks: Outline, Potential, Critiques, and Ways Forward," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 105(4), pages 373-386, September.
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