Quotation Nussmüller, Eva, Lengauer, Lukas, Tödtling, Franz. 2009. Motives and influencing factors of corporate regional engagement: industry and company specific patterns.. SRE-Discussion 2009-4.




Traditionally, regional endowments are viewed as external variables when it comes to location choices of companies. In most concepts on location choices and regional economics companies are thought to view the local labour market, the local innovation system or the general quality of life in a region as given and chose the location that best suits the companíes needs. Increasingly however, scholars from different research fields are providing arguments to reverse that view and show that there can be good reasons for a company to engage in improving its location despite implicit externalities. In this paper we try to systematically analyse issue of corporate engagement in regions. We will show how strong and in which fields companies engage in their respective region, how this engagement can be related to their existing regional integration and what differences appear between industries and types of companies in this respect. In this study we draw upon extensive interviews with over thirty companies from three industrial sectors in the Austrian region of Styria: the metals industry, which dates back to medieval times and has gone through a deep process of economic restructuring, the automotive industry, the first industry in which a comprehensive cluster policy approach was applied in Austria and the software industry, a rather young industry that experienced high growth rates in the past years. We will conclude that even though there are differences between the industries and types of companies in terms of scope and scale of regional integration and regional engagement, there is a strong correlation between the two: the higher the regional integration, the higher corporate regional engagement and vice versa.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Motives and influencing factors of corporate regional engagement: industry and company specific patterns.
Title of whole publication SRE-Discussion 2009-4
Year 2009
URL http://iir-hp.wu-wien.ac.at/dpprice.html


CURE: Corporate Culture and Regional Embeddedness
Tödtling, Franz (Details)
Lengauer, Lukas
Nussmüller, Eva
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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