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Foreign Investments and Peripheral Science & Business Parks - a Complex Relationship A case study on the attraction and effects of foreign investments in rural science and business parks

Hengstenberg, Y.P. (2016) Foreign Investments and Peripheral Science & Business Parks - a Complex Relationship A case study on the attraction and effects of foreign investments in rural science and business parks.

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Abstract:This thesis aims at monitoring and evaluating the processes of policies on science and business parks, attracting foreign investments which facilitate knowledge spill-overs. The different location factors in rural science and business parks are assessed by using the case of Kennispark Twente. This research identified a variety of measures which have a signifiant impact on the regions attractiveness to foreign investors. The main assets of the Kennispark Twente lie in the proximity between the academia to the private business sector. Yet, it seems that all the available domestic funding, business support and access to research led to the development of a homogenous but in size limited business sector, dominated by spin-offs and smaller SME’s. A barrier is detected in the development of SME’s from the roll-out towards the growth stage in which additional talents with non-technical but international backgrounds are needed. This diversity in the local HR-pool is sufficiently visible and limits the business developments of the respective companies. Yet, the recent settlement of Cottonwood European Technology Fund gives hope that this barrier will soon be overcome if future measures enhancing the visibility and attractiveness of the region are implemented by the respective local authorities.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 83 economics, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70911
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