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Urban Patterns of Growth

The Geography of Suppliers of High-Tech Companies in the Nordic Countries

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Urban Patterns of Growth was carried out for the preparation of the Nordic regional policy co-operation programme 2013-2016 and national regional policies in the Nordic countries. A key issue is the concentration of economic growth in the largest cities. This is favored by urbanization economies but also by the forming of specialized international networks of innovation and production established far beyond regional and national borders. Much research has focused upon these new global networks, leaving behind the question of the national spreading effects of the production that has not been outsourced. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to elucidate, via case studies, the extent to which the purchases of supplies and services from knowledge firms are located in proximity of the company or whether these purchases have spread to the remaining part of the country.

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Mapping external links

Our main theme is the extent to which growth in the knowledge intensive sector in the large cities eventually causes growth in other part of the country. The starting point was the value chain, and the suppliers. However, as we saw in the former section, most of the growth in the knowledge sector is not in the manufacturing sector – especially not in the larger cities. So, if we will stick to the projects main theme, we have to include the service sector. And for service companies, the value chain is “shorter.” They are selling their knowledge, and only use a limited number of suppliers.

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