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.
- knowledge-intensive firms
- rural location
- urban location
Vaillant, Y., Lafuente, E., & Serarols, C. (2012). Location decisions of new 'Knowledge Intensive Service Activity' firms: the rural-urban divide. Service Industries Journal, 32(16), 2543-2563. https://doi.org/10.1080/02642069.2011.594880