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Location Decision Factors in theManufacturing Industry: A Case Study on How These Factors ArePerceived by Industry Experts
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is a qualitative case study researching the factors that are perceived as important when making location decisions. The study also researches if Sweden is perceived to have an advantage in the investigated factors. The studied factors are based on previous theories and research related to the field of location decisions. The findings from this thesis are based on interviews with 11 industry experts. This thesis identifies Economic aspects, Technological aspects and Environmental aspects as important when making location decisions. Furthermore,Sweden is perceived as having an advantage in 10 of 21 the researched factors. Five of these factors correspond to those that industry experts perceive as important when making location decisions. These five factors are Access to capital, Presence of infrastructure for transportation, Proximity to universities and educational clusters, Access to skilled labor and Access to local technology. These factors are important to consider in the environment of a changing manufacturing industry, since they emphasize the opportunities and challenges that Sweden may be facing as an industry nation.

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2014. , 79 p.
Keyword [en]
Location decisions, Swedish manufacturing industry, changing manufacturing industry, trends, industrial intermediaries
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-160629OAI: diva2:790596
Available from: 2015-03-03 Created: 2015-02-25 Last updated: 2015-03-03Bibliographically approved

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