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Cultural Resources and Regional Development: The Case of the Cultural Legacy of Watchmaking



Cultural resources are today the object of considerable attention in regional economics. Ground for new forms of innovation these resources have given rise to numerous works aiming at understanding the emergence and organisation of culture based economic activities and at identifying the role of these activities in regional development and urban planning. The objective of this article is to explore the way in which resources, and in particular cultural resources, are incorporated into production processes on the one hand, and the consequences on the resources of doing so on the other hand. Becoming an economic resource, a cultural “object” (symbol, image, cultural heritage, traditional know-how, etc.) becomes embedded within commercial relationships. The question we address here is what are the causes and consequences of this commodification of culture for the production systems, the customers and for the local communities which put a certain number of their constitutive elements into play.

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  • Leila Kebir & Olivier Crevoisier, 2008. "Cultural Resources and Regional Development: The Case of the Cultural Legacy of Watchmaking," GRET Publications and Working Papers 10-08, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
  • Handle: RePEc:nct:wpaper:10-08

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    Cited by:

    1. Scott, Allen J., 2010. "Cultural economy and the creative field of the city," MPRA Paper 32108, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Olivier Crevoisier & Hugues Jeannerat, 2009. "Territorial Knowledge Dynamics: From the Proximity Paradigm to Multi-location Milieus," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(8), pages 1223-1241, August.
    3. Hugues Jeannerat, 2013. "Staging experience, valuing authenticity: Towards a market perspective on territorial development," GRET Publications and Working Papers 05-13, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
    4. Hugues Jeannerat & Leila Kebir, 2012. "Mobility of Knowledge. Knowledge resources and markets: What territorial economic systems ?," GRET Publications and Working Papers 02-12, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
    5. Thierry Theurillat & Pierre-Yves Donzé, 2015. "Retail Networks and Real Estate: the case of Swiss luxury watches in China and Southeast," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 15-28, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
    6. Elmar D. Konrad, 2015. "Cultural Entrepreneurship and Money: Start-Up Financing Structures in the Creative Industries (Przedsiebiorczosc w sektorze kultury a srodki finansowe – struktury finansowania nowych przedsiebiorstw w," Problemy Zarzadzania, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, vol. 13(56), pages 159-176.

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    Cultural; Resources; Regional Development; Watchmaking Industry;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture
    • L0 - Industrial Organization - - General
    • E0 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General
    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics


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