Understanding creativity and innovation in industrial design: an historical and empirical assessment
AbstractIn the last decades, industrial design has been increasingly recognized as a sector combining elements of both artistic creativity and economic innovation. Using a unique dataset encompassing information on 326 top designers, 242 firms and 935 products from 1913 to 2000, we investigate the main patterns of the industrial des ign industry. First, we analyze the worldwide evolution of the creative sector in terms of industry structure, changes in product materials and agglomeration dynamics of both firms and designers. Second, we provide a preliminary quantitative investigation of designers’ creativity life-cycles. The paper contributes to the cultural economics literature by shedding light on the relations between creativity and innovation in creative industries
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Turin in its series Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers with number 201311.
Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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- NEP-ALL-2013-03-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2013-03-30 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-CUL-2013-03-30 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-HIS-2013-03-30 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-HME-2013-03-30 (Heterodox Microeconomics)
- NEP-INO-2013-03-30 (Innovation)
- NEP-KNM-2013-03-30 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
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