Intra-firm and extra-firm linkages in the knowledge economy: The case of the emerging mega-city region of Munich

Stefan Lüthi, Alain Thierstein, Viktor Goebel

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Abstract

With the aim of identifying emerging patterns of spatial development and the driving forces behind the associated process, in this article we draw together two threads of interlinked phenomena. First, we look at how multi-location firms from the knowledge economy develop their intra-firm networks internationally. Second, we establish the partners with which these firms have working relationships along individual chains of value, and in which these extra-firm linkages are located. We start from a conceptual background that combines the location behaviour of firms with a value chain approach. We analyse the two main pillars of the knowledge economy - advanced producer services (APS) and high-tech firms. A case study carried out in the greater Munich area provides the empirical basis and draws on quantitative and qualitative research methods. The results provide evidence that the greater Munich area can be regarded simultaneously as a hierarchically organized polycentric mega-city region and high-grade localized system of value chains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-137
Number of pages24
JournalGlobal Networks
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Advanced producer services firms
  • High-tech firms
  • Knowledge economy
  • Mega-City Region
  • Munich
  • Value chain

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