Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89255
Authors: 
Kourtit, Karima
Arribas-Bel, Daniel
Nijkamp, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 13-194/VIII
Abstract: 
This paper addresses the performance of creative firms from the perspective of complex spatial systems. Based on an extensive high-dimensional database on both the attributes of individual creative firms in the Netherlands and a series of detailed regional facilitating and driving factors related, inter alia, to talent, innovation, skills, networks, accessibility and hardware, a new methodology called self-organizing mapping (SOM) is applied to identify and explain in virtual topological space, the relative differences between these firms and their business performance in various regions. It turns out that there are significant differences in the spatial and functional profile of large firms vis-à-vis SMEs across distinct geographical areas in the country.
Subjects: 
complex spatial systems
self-organizing mapping
creative firms
talent
innovation
networks
accessibility
business performance
spatial and functional profiles
SMEs
large firms
geographical areas
JEL: 
M1
Q5
R1
R10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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