Business service firms in two peripheral economies: Scotland and Ireland

P. N. O'Farrell, D. M. Hitchens, L. A R Moffat

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    In this article, the authors present a comparative analysis of the competitiveness and performance of business service companies in Scotland and Ireland. Several dimensions of performance are investigated for five industries: market research, management consultancy, product design, graphic design and advertising. Value-added per person is almost identical in the two areas, but Irish offices achieved a much greater degree of export orientation (16% of sales) than the Scottish firms (4%). Possible demand and supply side causes of such differences are reviewed and potential policy responses considered. -from Authors

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-128
    Number of pages14
    JournalTijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1995


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