Interlocking Firm Networks in the German Knowledge Economy. On Local Networks and Global Connectivity

Stefan Lüthi, Alain Thierstein, Michael Bentlage
2011 Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning  
We assume that the territory of Germany is experiencing a reorganisation of functional division of labour in favour of the knowledge economy. New forms of network economies and functional differentiation between cities and towns can be observed. The in creasing importance of emerging network economies has introduced new lines of thinking about space, place and scale that interprets regions as unbounded, relational spaces. The key aim of the paper is to set out a theoretical context and then to
more » ... ontext and then to empirically investigate the functional polycentric patterns and interlocking networks of Advanced Producer Services (APS) and High-Tech firms. We start from a conceptual background that brings together the location behaviour of multi-branch multi-location firms with a world city network approach. The paper looks at the extent to which the functional urban hierarchy within the German space economy is associated with different special scales and economic sub-sectors. Interim results provide evidence that the German territory can be regarded as a hierarchically organized space economy in which only few cities establish substantial international connectivities and economic strength.
doi:10.1007/s13147-011-0088-0 fatcat:6vz6ybebhbgjnbulhyvr5emkqe