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Großunternehmen und ihr Einfluß auf Kleinbetriebe und innovative Milieus – das Beispiel Siemens/München

Large firms and their impact on small firms and innovative milieux – the example of Siemens/Munich

Led by:  Prof. Dr. Rolf Sternberg
Team:  Gero Stenke (University of Cologne)
Year:  1999
Funding:  German Research Foundation (DFG)
Duration:  1997 - 1999
Is Finished:  yes

This project deals with a qualitative analysis of the innovative linkages between Siemens Inc. and regional SME in the Munich area and its impact on the genesis of an innovative milieu. Empirical evidence is based upon postal and oral surveys of SME integrated in innovative networks related to Siemens Inc.


  • Stenke, G. (2002): Großunternehmen in innovativen Milieus - Das Beispiel Siemens/München. Kölner Forschungen zur Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeographie, Bd. 54. Köln: Selbstverlag im Wirtschaft- und Sozialgeographischen Institut der Universität zu Köln.
  • Stenke, G. (1999): Governance Structures and SME/Large-Firm Relationships in an Innovative Milieu - Evidence from a European Core Region (=Working Paper, No. 99-04, Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Cologne).
  • Sternberg, R.; Tamásy, C. (1999): Munich as Germany's No. 1 High-Technology Region - Empirical Evidence, Theoretical Explanations and the Role of Small Firm/Large Firm Relationships. In: Regional Studies; vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 367-377.

Presentations to Scientific Audiences:

  • Sternberg, R.; Stenke, G.: Governance Structure and SME-Large Firm-Relationship in an Innovative Milieu - Evidence from a European Core Region. Regional Studies Conference in Bilbao (Spanien) 18.-21.09.1999.