Labor Markets, Education, Population

Project: Dienstleistungen im Umfeld Essener Unternehmenszentralen

Project Duration

12/2005 - 05/2006 (finalized)

Commissioned by

IEW Interessengemeinschaft Essener Wirtschaft

Project Team (RWI)

Dr. Uwe Neumann (Chief), Dr. Markus Scheuer


EWG Essener Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft


Internationalisation of markets combines with increasing competition between regions and cities over mobile enterprises. Within the Ruhr, Essen is the city with the largest number of headquarter locations and, together with Dortmund, the highest overall share of service sector employees. It was the aim of a first explorative survey to analyse (i) which services, particularly in the fields of administration, strategic development and facility management are provided externally for large companies at their headquarter location, (ii) which service providers are located in Essen, and (iii) if a well-functioning regional cluster of service sector activities would be viewed as a locational advantage by large companies.