Location decisions of new 'Knowledge Intensive Service Activity' firms: the rural-urban divide

Yancy Vaillant, Esteban Lafuente, Christian Serarols

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    This paper analyses the variables that influence the decision to locate knowledge-intensive service activity firms (KISA firms, hereafter) in a rural or an urban area in Spain. The results indicate that the location decision of entrepreneurs choosing to start their KISA firms in a rural area is mainly driven by personal and location-related motivations, whereas the local economic framework is the main motivation of those entrepreneurs who have chosen an urban location for their KISA firms. This allows for important policy-making recommendations, but it also offers significant contributions for entrepreneurship and regional development researchers. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2543-2563
    JournalService Industries Journal
    Issue number16
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


    • entrepreneurship
    • knowledge-intensive firms
    • rural location
    • urban location

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