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Entrepreneurial governance and local growth
IQ Samhällsbyggnad (The Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment), Stockholm, Sweden.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE). KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden; RSA (Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analyses), Ljubljana, Slovenia .ORCID iD: hanswes@kth.se
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics. Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; The Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7432-7442
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 9, article id 3857Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Do local development policies influence local employment growth? Based on a survey to municipal managers in all Swedish municipalities, this is one of the first studies to empirically assess the relationship between reported local development initiatives (entrepreneurial governance (EG) and growth of local employment. We find a weak but significant association between EG and employment growth for urban municipalities. This suggests that EG is more effective in larger, growing municipalities than in smaller, declining rural areas. Urban municipalities may of course have more resources for entrepreneurial governance than rural ones as they have grown substantially faster for a long period of time. The result thus indicates that EG and growth are in a positive interplay of interaction. When the EG index was divided into three sub-indexes after the entrepreneurial process (discover or create opportunities, collect resources and exploit opportunities) the analyses also showed positive correspondence between some sub-indexes and employment growth for the rural municipalities, indicating that EG is not solely a phenomenon connected to growth in urban, growing municipalities. In sum, the article indicates several avenues through which entrepreneurial governance at local level might be linked to local growth.

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MDPI, 2020. Vol. 12, no 9, article id 3857
Keywords [en]
Entrepreneurial governance, Local growth policy, Municipal entrepreneurship, Political entrepreneurship, employment, entrepreneur, governance approach, rural area, urban growth, urban population, Sweden
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-50090DOI: 10.3390/su12093857ISI: 000537476200355Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85085937465Local ID: GOA;;1454513OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-50090DiVA, id: diva2:1454513
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2014-01170Available from: 2020-07-17 Created: 2020-07-17 Last updated: 2022-02-10Bibliographically approved

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