Geographia Polonica (2008) vol. 81, iss. 2

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Exploring the Role of Sticky Places in Attracting the Software Industry to Poland

Grzegorz Micek

Geographia Polonica (2008) vol. 81, iss. 2, pp. 43-60

Abstract

The research reported on here has concerned the emergence of the software industry in Polandand its uneven spatial distribution. The emergence of foreign software companies in Poland is shown tohave been underpinned by fi ve main factors, i.e. cost, accessibility to highly skilled graduates, the returnmigration of expats, the cultural milieu of certain cities and proximity to customers. Due to the boundedrationality of the founders, the main factor behind localised growth in Poland is relationship with previousplace of residence, study and/or work.

Keywords: software industry, software development centres, IT industry, sticky place, location factors, localised growth, Kraków, Poland.

Grzegorz Micek, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków, Poland