What role for knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) in de-industrialised regions?

Savic, Maja (2016) What role for knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) in de-industrialised regions? Regional Studies, Regional Science, 3 (1). pp. 446-455. ISSN 2168-1376 (doi:10.1080/21681376.2016.1243455)

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Abstract

This paper seeks to provide insights into the structural role that Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS) SMEs play in de-industrialised regions in the UK. The paper aims to establish what contribution KIBS make to their regional economies in terms of exports to other regions in the UK as well as abroad but also to what extent do they depend on the intermediate demand in their respective regions. The paper draws evidence from a survey of KIBS SMEs in the North East and the West Midlands conducted during the most recent recession. The results exhibit a degree of wider generalizability to other regions, which may be characterised by deindustrialisation. Results from the West Midlands and the North East survey show that although KIBS play an important role in the local economic base of de-industrialised regions they are not as important as their elite, tradable counterparts in global cities such as London. However, KIBS SMEs in the North East and West Midlands provide important support
to their regional clients, many of which are in the declining manufacturing and public service sectors. A vast majority are also trading outside their respective regions.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 20632
Notes on copyright: © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Depositing User: Stanislava Angelova
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 12:06
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 06:28
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/20632

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