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The role of proximity for business development in business incubators

Van Der Poel, Gijsbert LU (2013) EKHR72 20131
Department of Economic History
Abstract
This thesis adds the role of the different types of proximity to the discussion on business development. It does so by aiming at start-ups that are currently located in business incubators in the city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Current research has focused on the output, effectiveness, diversity, and different types and roles of business incubators. It focuses on what happens within the incubator walls or examining the results on regional economic development. Simultaneously, there is a large body of research on the role of location for businesses ranging from specialisation to diversity. This exploratory thesis tries to combine these two types of research. It does so by conducting semi- structured interviews with both incubator... (More)
This thesis adds the role of the different types of proximity to the discussion on business development. It does so by aiming at start-ups that are currently located in business incubators in the city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Current research has focused on the output, effectiveness, diversity, and different types and roles of business incubators. It focuses on what happens within the incubator walls or examining the results on regional economic development. Simultaneously, there is a large body of research on the role of location for businesses ranging from specialisation to diversity. This exploratory thesis tries to combine these two types of research. It does so by conducting semi- structured interviews with both incubator managers as well as start-ups located in a business incubator. The questions are derived using network and proximity theories as well as localisation theories. This results in the research question: “What is the role of proximity for business development in business incubators?” By doing so this research fills up a niche left open by the current body of research as well as providing tools for start-ups that are looking to (re)locate, as well as business incubator managers and policy makers that are considering a location for the development of a new business incubator. (Less)
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author
Van Der Poel, Gijsbert LU
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course
EKHR72 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
proximity, business incubator, start-ups, location
language
English
id
3811118
date added to LUP
2013-06-28 15:41:03
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  abstract     = {This thesis adds the role of the different types of proximity to the discussion on business development. It does so by aiming at start-ups that are currently located in business incubators in the city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Current research has focused on the output, effectiveness, diversity, and different types and roles of business incubators. It focuses on what happens within the incubator walls or examining the results on regional economic development. Simultaneously, there is a large body of research on the role of location for businesses ranging from specialisation to diversity. This exploratory thesis tries to combine these two types of research. It does so by conducting semi- structured interviews with both incubator managers as well as start-ups located in a business incubator. The questions are derived using network and proximity theories as well as localisation theories. This results in the research question: “What is the role of proximity for business development in business incubators?” By doing so this research fills up a niche left open by the current body of research as well as providing tools for start-ups that are looking to (re)locate, as well as business incubator managers and policy makers that are considering a location for the development of a new business incubator.},
  author       = {Van Der Poel, Gijsbert},
  keyword      = {proximity,business incubator,start-ups,location},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The role of proximity for business development in business incubators},
  year         = {2013},
}