Diversity and the Geography of Technology Entrepreneurship: Evidence from the Indian IT Industry

  • Florian A. Taeube
Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 19)

12.1 Introduction

This chapter combines two striking features of recent global economic development. Firstly, entrepreneurship is a rising phenomenon in India with a second place in Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) index among 37 countries in the world according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM, 2002). Secondly, Indian IT in itself attracts increasing scholarly interest. Most of the research (Arora et al., 2004) is centered on presumably generic factors of the Indian economy in the context of offshoring and outsourcing, i.e. a well-educated and English-speaking workforce that is cheaply available. This chapter focuses on the analysis of geographical concentrations of IT industry and the co-evolution of supportive institutions. The chapter employs a mixed methodology consisting of qualitative and quantitative methods. The former is based on primary interview data, in order to generate hypotheses, and the latter uses various sources of secondary data to corroborate these...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florian A. Taeube
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  1. 1.Innovation Studies CentreTanaka Business School Imperial CollegeLondon

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