Rating of Locations
Now that we have made all the necessary choices regarding the research method, we are ready to answer the research questions. In this chapter, we turn our attention to questions 1, 4, and 5 (see Section 1.2). Research question 1 refers to the ratings given to locational environments in the Netherlands in terms of high and low. The question can be answered fairly simply by determining how the entrepreneurs rated the possible locations selected for the survey. In the same vein, we will examine how the pattern of ratings looks for the Northern Netherlands and for Germany. On that basis, we will be able to answer questions 4 and 5. In each of the three study areas, the most recent survey serves as the starting point. For the Netherlands as a whole, that is the survey of 1993; for the Northern Netherlands, it is that of 1997. The outcomes of these surveys have been presented earlier, respectively by Meester (1994) and Van Bokhorst et al. (1998). For Germany, we have to rely on the only survey that was held there, in 1996.
KeywordsAverage Rating Southern Edge Large Agglomeration Rating Pattern Psychological Barrier
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