Measuring the Flows of Knowledge Intensive Business Services in Russia: Spatial Study
Knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) are characterized by high concentration in large urban areas due to the presence of more developed infrastructure, higher human capital development, proximity to the large customer, etc. However, companies in the KIBS sector have potential for development (new knowledge, experience) in collaboration with agents located in other regions. This paper is focused on the spatial aspects of the knowledge intensive business services sector in Russia. The study is based on a unique empirical data, based on mass surveys of Russian producers and consumers of KIBS. Comparative analysis of the incoming flows (demand) and outgoing flows (supply) of knowledge intensive business services in Russian regions helps us to classify federal districts by their involvement in the process of KIBS exchange, and to map the intensity of these flows.