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Human Geography

Mikhail Martynovich

Universitetslektor

Human Geography

The role of local embeddedness and non-local knowledge in entrepreneurial activity

Författare

  • Mikhail Martynovich

Summary, in English

The article investigates whether the history of individuals’ spatial relocation has an impact on their propensity to perform an entrepreneurial entry and post-entry performance of firms they start. By looking at entrepreneurs in the IT services sector in Swedish non-core regions between 1991 and 2010, the article investigates the interaction between individuals’ embeddedness in local networks and their exposure to external knowledge accumulation opportunities across different geographical settings, as well as its impact on their entrepreneurial activities. The results of the analysis suggest that individuals with broad spatial relocation histories are more likely to start IT firms in non-core regions, which, in turn, may be expected to survive longer. It is, therefore, claimed that non-local knowledge accumulated through spatial relocation is an important complement to embeddedness in local networks in non-core regions. This complementarity is further related to the evolution of the IT services sector over time.

Avdelning/ar

  • Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi

Publiceringsår

2017-12

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

741-762

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Small Business Economics

Volym

49

Issue

4

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Springer

Ämne

  • Economic Geography

Nyckelord

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mobility
  • Locational behavior
  • Spatial biographies
  • Local embeddedness
  • Non-local knowledge

Status

Published

Projekt

  • Structural change and labour mobility: A co-evolutionary perspective

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0921-898X