What is it?
Companies are usually classified on the basis of an internationally agreed classification (Standard Company Classification, abbreviated SBI), which characterizes the primary economic activity. This classification is often already very informative, but by looking at several company characteristics, companies can be understood even better. What do companies have in common and what sets them apart?
Based on this idea, a cluster analysis can be performed: a statistical method of mapping clusters based on a combination of characteristics. The cluster analysis resulted in seven company profiles (clusters). The report describes the clusters and shows which business profiles are characteristic of the Netherlands and the city or region in question.
Cluster analyzes were previously performed for Eindhoven, where all residents of Eindhoven (see: The population in), the seniors (see: Seniors in Eindhoven) and international (see: International: Cluster analysis Eindhoven) were assigned ‘profiles’ using a combination of demographic, socio-economic and spatial characteristics.
Research in this example shows, among other things, that the innovative and internationally oriented companies in 2019 will be much more strongly represented in both the Brainport region (20%) and Eindhoven municipality (30%) than in the whole of the Netherlands (13%). This is due to the fact that the Brainport region and the municipality of Eindhoven are known as innovative technology regions.
|Innovative and internationally oriented (large) companies (% of companies with at least 1 employee)||Large public enterprises (% of enterprises with at least 1 employee)||Small internationally oriented companies (% of companies with at least 1 employee)||Small start-ups (% of companies with at least 1 employee)||Small specialized BVs (% of companies with at least 1 employee)||Small executive non-BVs (% of companies with at least 1 employee)||Medium-sized family businesses (% of businesses with at least 1 employee)|
What does it bring?
Insight into (regional) distribution of company profiles.
– Insight into the business characteristics of the various company profiles. Among other things: What is the most common legal form or industry within a profile? Do the companies within the company profile have relatively many or few employees? Many international employees? Many permanent contracts? Are they innovative? Do they have a lot of international trade? Etc.
– Good basis for policy formulation and follow-up research. Potential risks and opportunities per. company profile within the regional economy can now be better identified. Possible questions that arise are, for example, whether specific company profiles are more subject to certain changes such as economic growth, bankruptcy or relocations?
Stijn Steenbakker’s councilor for economy and innovation in Eindhoven municipality: “The activity forms the economic basis for the region. The analysis shows that innovative and internationally oriented large companies provide by far the most employment (67% in Eindhoven, 62% in the Brainport region and 54% in the Netherlands, respectively).
“We now know exactly how it is in relation to the national average, and we have an even better idea of what makes our regional economy unique. Based on these data, we can now take a closer look at which places in the city certain clusters are. concentrated and formulate our economic policy accordingly. ”
“The cluster analysis was only possible through an intensive collaboration with Brainport Development and Holland Statistics. We and Brainport Development have knowledge of the region and the companies, and Holland Statistics has high quality data and advanced statistical knowledge. Together, this means that we add new information to our view of business. ”