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Rethinking the Spatial Organization of Creative Industries


  • Vang, Jan

    () (CIRCLE, Lund University and Copenhagen Institute of Technology, Aalborg University)


This paper argues the need to rethink the dominant theory on the spatial organization of creative industries. According to this theory, creative industries tend to locate in the largest metropolitan areas as this location, it is argued, constitutes an arena allowing for accessing face-to-face based buzz on new industry trends and for utilizing the presence of a diverse portfolio of creative competencies. The locational choice reflects that creative industries are organized around inter-firm collaborative projects. This theory, however, is not appropriate to explain the spatial organization of the all types of creative industries. Other types of creative industries rely on different types of knowledge externalities and partly replace knowledge externalities with in-housing, which in turn leads to a different spatial organization. This is documented by a study of the mass media industry, represented by the Danish newspaper industry.

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  • Vang, Jan, 2005. "Rethinking the Spatial Organization of Creative Industries," Papers in Innovation Studies 2005/10, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2005_010

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    1. Virginia Acha & David Gann & Ammon Salter, 2005. "Episodic Innovation: R&D Strategies for Project-Based Environments," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 255-281.
    2. Harald Bathelt & Andersand Malmberg & Peter Maskell, 2002. "Clusters and Knowledge Local Buzz, Global Pipelines and the Process of Knowledge Creation," DRUID Working Papers 02-12, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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    Economic geography; Cultural industries; Creative industries. Governance structures; Newspapers; Mass media.;

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    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General


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