Changes in Regional Firm Founding Activities: A Theoretical Explanation and Empirical Evidence

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Routledge, 2007 - Business & Economics - 271 pages
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Part of the highly successful Studies in Global Competition series and written by an author based at the Max Planck Institute in Germany – one of the world’s leading centres of evolutionary economics, this book looks at the medium to long term development of firm founding activity.

Developing a framework with which to focus on development and change in regional firm founding activities and split into two sections, it:

  • explores changes in regional firm founding activities; looking at empirical evidence based on the analysis of fifty German regions
  • examines positive examples or 'role models' that can lead to change in regional start-up activities, analyzing its impact both theoretically and empirically in the German town of Jena.

Incisive and based on empirical research, this book is a key resource for students engaged with change and development in entrepreneurial and regional start-up activities and the environmental impact of start up decisions as well as to policy makers in this area.



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Dirk Fornahl studied economics and business administration at the University of Hannover (Germany), at the Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland) and at the University of California (Berkeley, USA) with a focus on Economic Policy, Environmental Economics and Systems Management, and Labour Economics. Since 1999 Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems, Evolutionary Economics Group. From June 1999 until May 2001 working in the 'InnoRegio' programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Science. Christian Zellner studied development economics at the University of Kent and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He has worked as a Research Associate in the Evolutionary Economics Group at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems (Germany) since 2000. His research mainly focuses on the formation of human capital and embodied knowledge transfers. He received his Ph.D. from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2003 for a thesis on the effects of basic research on the dynamics of the innovation process. David B. Audretsch is the Director of the Research Unit on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economics Systems in Germany and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London). He also serves as the Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University. Audretsch's research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. He has consulted with the World Bank, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. State Department, United States Federal Trade Commission, GeneralAccounting Office and International Trade Commission as well as the United Nations, Commission of the European Union, the European Parliament, the OECD, as well as numerous private corporations, state governments, and a number of European Governments. He is a member of the Advisory Board to a number of international research and policy institutes, including the Zentrum fuer Europaeisch Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW, Centre for Economic Research), Mannheim, the Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv (HWWA, Hamburg Institute of International Economics), the Swedish Foundation for Research on Entrepreneurship and Small Business, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Washington, D.C. His research has been published in over one hundred scholarly articles in the leading academic journals. He has published thirty books including, Innovation and Industry Evolution, with MIT Press. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An International Journal. He was awarded the 2001 International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research.

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