Title: Entrepreneurship in technological regimes in metro and non-metro areas

Authors: Hanas A. Cader, John C. Leatherman

Addresses: Business and Economics Division, American University of Kuwait, P.O. Box 3323, Safat 13034, Kuwait. ' Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, 342 Waters Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA

Abstract: Entrepreneurship (small firm entry) within a defined technological regime is examined using regional, establishment, and industry characteristics in metro, metro-adjacent, and non-metro regions in the state of Kansas, USA. The results show a distinct variation in small firm entry across regions. The variation is explained by the quality of the labour force, industry clustering, establishment size, labour intensity, county establishment growth rate, and the presence of an interstate highway. The contribution of this paper is the empirical examination of the validity of claims that entrepreneurship in technological regimes is more prevalent in the metro region and decreases with increasing remoteness.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; technological regimes; metropolitan areas; metro areas; non-metro areas; small firm entry; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; establishment characteristics; regional characteristics; industry characteristics; metro-adjacent regions; Kansas; United States; USA; regional variations; labour force; industry clustering; establishment size; labour intensity; county growth rates; establishment growth rates; interstate highways; remoteness; foresight; innovation policies; innovative business resources; economic development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2011.040069

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2011 Vol.7 No.1/2/3, pp.114 - 128

Published online: 13 May 2011 *

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