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Entrepreneurial renewal in a peripheral region: the case of a winter automotive-testing cluster in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Mittuniversitetet, Östersund, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, ISSN 0898-5626, E-ISSN 1464-5114, Vol. 25, no 5-6, 371-403 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This research paper generates new insights into renewal processes that may occur in peripheral regions. Key findings are presented from an explorative study on a regionally clustered automotive-testing industry, located in northern Sweden. The findings suggest that despite theoretically unfavourable conditions it is possible to progress regional industry after a peripheral setting's socio-economic relapses. Moreover, this research shows how, notwithstanding the importance of profitable service offerings, an entrepreneurial environment can be encouraged within a peripheral region and subsequent renewal achieved by advancing local networks, improving internationalization and enhancing local infrastructures related to a service-based regional industry. Consequently this research offers us a glimpse into a pioneering service-based renewal case which, in essence, differs from previously reported entrepreneurship scholarship.

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Routledge, 2013. Vol. 25, no 5-6, 371-403 p.
Keyword [en]
regional industry, renewal, peripheral, cluster, social capital, entrepreneurial environment
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66727DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2012.748095ISI: 000319551600003OAI: diva2:609000
Available from: 2013-03-04 Created: 2013-03-04 Last updated: 2013-07-08Bibliographically approved

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