Differences Between High-Growth and Low-Growth ICT Firms in Germany

  • Christian Schröder


The information and communication technology (ICT) is a cross-section technology. ICT accelerates structural change and has a revitalizing effect especially in advanced economies. For Germany, it is therefore important not to leave behind on the fast-growing ICT market and to produce a high number of fast-growing ICT companies itself. In this analysis, 200 ICT companies based in Germany were interviewed to find out which company-specific factors have a measurable direct impact on corporate growth. Also, regional determinants were included. The analysis found that firm age and size, export ratio, expenditure on research and development, product innovation, venture capital, and concrete cooperation between companies have a directly positive effect on the growth of ICT companies. Surprisingly, active participation in an ICT cluster has a negative impact on company growth, or, to be more precise, it appears that predominant low-growth ICT companies operating active in clusters. This leads to interesting implications for policymakers, which see the active support of cluster development as an adequate instrument to stimulate innovations.


Venture Capital Knowledge Spillover Venture Capital Investor Innovative Enterprise Cluster Initiative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Institute for International Economic RelationsUniversity of WuppertalWuppertalGermany

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