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Internetbranschen i Stockholms innerstad: En studie av agglomerationsfördelar, sociala nätverksrelationer och informationsflöden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. (CIND)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9230-5981
2005 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The Internet Industry in Central Stockholm : A study of agglomeration economies, social network relations, and information flows (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with questions concerning spatial agglomeration of economic activities. The object of study is the Internet industry in central Stockholm. Through the use of statistical data and an interview study the Internet industry is described, measured, and analyzed through theories concerning agglomerations, social network relations, and knowledge and information flows. These theories are interpreted through five agglomeration themes related to the role of customers, subcontractors and partners, competitors, financing, and labour market, respec-tively.

The research has recognized the importance of proximity to create and maintain social networks, and to spread information and knowledge, especially tacit knowledge. The thesis also shows how social networks, and information and knowledge flows have an essential role in all the five agglomeration themes that are analyzed. The results of this analysis show that the proximity to customers is the most important factor for the location of the Internet indus-try. Also, the local labour market and access to suppliers and partners are important factors. Competitors and rivals have a role to play when it comes to the diffusion of knowledge and information, although its importance as a location factor is hard to estimate. The analysis of the firms’ financing demonstrate that this factor hardly has been of crucial importance for the location of the Internet industry, but access to (venture) capital might have been of indirect importance for the location and the pace of the development of the Internet industry.

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Uppsala: Kulturgeografiska institutionen , 2005. , p. 188
Series
Geografiska regionstudier, ISSN 0431-2023 ; 63
Keywords [en]
Social and economic geography, Internet industry, economic geography, agglomeration economies, social network relations, information flows, Stockholm, Sweden
Keywords [sv]
Kulturgeografi
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5833ISBN: 91-506-1802-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-5833DiVA, id: diva2:166565
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2005-05-20, Hörsal 1, Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, Uppsala, 10:15
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Available from: 2005-04-29 Created: 2005-04-29 Last updated: 2014-07-08Bibliographically approved

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