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Hans-Hermann Albers and Lech Suwala

The management of urban and rural areas has always consisted of a mixture of state, market and civil society actors. In times of increased liberalization, deregulation and privatization of many former state-dominated tasks, limited institutional capabilities of smaller communities, a lack of consolidated government bodies and low effectiveness of authorities, there exists a greater interest for non-state ‘place-based’ economic engagement in general, and for private-sector involvement and leadership in regional governance in particular. This chapter introduces approaches to enterprise-driven urban and regional engagement. Empirically, the chapter summarizes existing case studies from the literature on enterprise-driven urban and regional engagement and asks if and how place leadership initiatives interact with corporate social responsibilities. In conclusion, the chapter suggests it is desirable to explicitly include the private sector in place leadership roundtables in order to create tri-sectoral negotiations.

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Rodrigo Basco and Lech Suwala

There is both a practical and a scholarly need for the thorough examination of the nexus between family firms and economic spaces (e.g. locations, places, landscapes). The authors address this nexus through two approaches. First, they explore economic spaces’ effect on family firms by considering the influence different types of economic spaces have on firm behavior and firm performance. Second, they explore family firms’ effect on economic spaces by attempting to clarify the role family firms play in different economic spaces. The explores the peculiarities of family firms and their recursive relationships with economic spaces. The authors propose a journey that includes three avenues—macro-, meso-, and micro-foundations—to organize current debates on and to further our understanding of spatial familiness.