Regional economic development has experienced considerable dynamism over recent years. Perhaps the most notable cases were the rise of China and India to emergent country status by the turn of the millennium. With time now for hindsight, this book identifies some of the key forces behind these development successes, namely agglomeration, clusters and entrepreneurship. The expert contributors explore these three forces, which form the basis of much scholarly work in new economic geography and endogenous growth theory and policy. Here, academics from across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia consider the role of agglomeration, clusters and entrepreneurship in regional economic development within a global market context. The book presents solid conceptual and methodological contributions to the growing body of knowledge that extends these theoretical concepts, and prescribes policy and practical applications. Relevant case studies underpin the detailed empirical analyses. Academics, students, researchers and policymakers in the fields of entrepreneurship, regional development and regional science will find this book to be an enlightening read.
Contents: Preface PART I: ENDOGENOUS REGIONAL GROWTH AND RELATED PROCESSES 1. Endogenous Regional Growth and Development: Clusters, Agglomeration and Entrepreneurship Roger R. Stough, Charlie Karlsson and Borje Johannson 2. Differentials in Endogenous Regional Employment Growth in US Metropolitan Areas: The Role of Entrepreneurship and Other Leadership and Institutional Factors Robert J. Stimson, Roger R. Stough, Tung-Kai Shyy and Chunpu Song 3. Agglomeration and Flows of Outward Direct Investment: An Analysis of Financial Services in the United Kingdom Gary A.S. Cook and Naresh R. Pandit 4. Knowledge Sharing and Network Emergence in Small Firm Clusters: An Agent-Based Model of Industrial Districts Luca Iandoli, Elio Marchione, Cristina Ponsiglione and Giuseppe Zollo 5. Determinants of MNC Location Choice in Industrial Districts: An Empirical Analysis in Italy Nunzia Carbonara and Ilaria Giannoccaro 6. Entrepreneur Urban Policies and Regional Learning Governance Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Masamitsu Onishi and Hayeong Jeong 7. Side Activity Entrepreneur: Lifestyle or Economically Oriented? Mariana Markantoni, Sierdjan Koster and Dirk Strijker PART II: CASE STUDIES 8. The Geography of Rapid-Growth Firms: Exploring the Role and Location of Entrepreneurial Ventures Jarle Bastesen and Eirik Vatne 9. Regional E-Governance: Promoting Entrepreneurial Behavior in Public Administration Irene Bernhard and Elin Wihlborg 10. Challenges and Success Factors in Media Cluster Development: A Review of Contemporary Knowledge Leona Achtenhagen and Robert Picard 11. Clusters and Conglomerates in the Media Industry Agostino Manduchi and Lucia Naldi 12. The Moving Media Industry as a Catalyst for Technological Change and Economic Development: Texas as a Case Study Bernard L. Weinstein and Terry L. Clower 13. Business Regulation and Red Tape in the Entrepreneurial Economy Kristina Nystrom
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