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.



Sweden: Introduction

According to guidelines in the Nordic joint research project Urban Patterns of Growth (URAGO) a number of companies in Sweden have been interviewed. The overall argument for the study is the European political goal to develop the European Union towards a competitive and prosperous actor on the global scene. Due to this issue economic resources shall be invested in – from an economic point of view – lagging areas. Still, the economic trade of in terms of economic growth and social welfare is disputed. For instance, according to the growth pole theory prosperous firms in growth regions “generating localized growth in the hinterland” (McCann 2001: 61). The main channel for this economic distribution effect is the “customer-supplier relationship” (McCann 2001: 60). The Nordic countries differ from the situation on the continental Europe in terms of volume and spatial distributions of people and firms. Due to this situation there is in a Nordic context a need of a further understanding concerning business networks and regional economic distribution effects of economic activities.


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