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Large Cities, intangible Consumption and Knowledge Production


  • Lara Penco

    () (University of Genova)


The purpose of this paper is to present the characteristics of the city in the knowledge era. In the knowledge era, we argue that a successful city assumes the role of: A) knowledge hub, because large cities host high tech industries, higher education and research institutions, knowledge intensive business services (KIBS); B) consumer hub, which generates consumption, especially of an intangible nature such as services, culture, entertainment, products which spread culture and knowledge (e.g. fashion and design products). This paper aims to provide a conceptual framework to understand the key-factors - implicit and explicit - useful to the development and success of the city.

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  • Lara Penco, 2011. "Large Cities, intangible Consumption and Knowledge Production," Symphonya. Emerging Issues in Management, University of Milano-Bicocca, issue 2 Global , pages 34-47.
  • Handle: RePEc:sym:journl:166:y:2011:i:2

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    1. Ivan Turok, 2008. "A New Policy for Britain's Cities: Choices, Challenges, Contradictions," Local Economy, London South Bank University, vol. 23(2), pages 149-166, May.
    2. Edward L. Glaeser & Joshua D. Gottlieb, 2006. "Urban Resurgence and the Consumer City," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 43(8), pages 1275-1299, July.
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