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Creative Regions

Technology, Culture and Knowledge Entrepreneurship, 1st Edition

Edited by Philip Cooke, Dafna Schwartz


312 pages

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This unique book focuses on regional creativity, analysing the different factors that can affect creativity and innovation process within regions in the knowledge economy. Approaching creativity from technological, organizational and regional viewpoints, it attempts to break down the influence of oppositional approaches and take account of multi-level interactions in economy and policy.

The variety of papers presented looks at:

  • how regions can be creative and competitive
  • how research and development is outsourced and the scientific knowledge and technology transferred
  • what types of technology based cultural activities can operate
  • the relevant financing and development of knowledge entrepreneurship.

Whilst many of these aspects are driven by market forces Creative Regions demonstrates that the regional and national public sectors have a significant role to play and is essential reading on how to generate a competitive advantage for regions in the knowledge economy in the global market.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Regional Innovation Systems 1. The Regionalization of Knowledge: The Territorial Basis of Development 2. Creative Regions and Globalising Social Capital – Connecting Foreign ICT Experts to Finnish Innovation Environments 3. Connectivity and Co-Location in Innovation Processes of Dutch Firms 4. On Strengthening the Knowledge Base of Knowledge-Intensive SMEs in Less-Favoured Regions in Finland Part 2: Cluster Evolution, Variety and Policy 5. Regional Innovation Clusters: Evaluation of the South East Brabant Cluster Scheme 6. Cluster Emergence: A Comparative Study of Two Cases in North Jutland, Denmark 7. The Knowledge-Space Dynamic in the British Biotechnology Industry: Function, Relation, and Association 8. Cultural and Creative Industries in Places of 'High Culture' – The Case of the Art City of Florence 9. Reflections on Innovative Alliances Involving Technological Science and the Creative Industry – A Case Study Involving the Roskilde Region and Musicon Valley Part 3: Knowledge Transfer, R&D Outsourcing, Open Innovation 10. Research, Knowledge and Open Innovation: Spatial Impacts upon Organization of Knowledge-Intensive Industry Clusters 11. The Outsourcing of Knowledge Production and its Implications for Regional Path Dependence 12. Creativity and Openness: Outsourcing of Knowledge Intensive Services as a Challenge for Innovation Systems in a Metropolitan Region 13. Boundary Spanning and the ‘Knowledge Community’

About the Editors

Philip Cooke is University Research Professor in Regional Development and founding Director (1993) of the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff. He is a partner in Cardiff's ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Analysis of Genomics (CESAGen) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

Dafna Schwartz is a senior faculty member at the Department of Business Administration at Ben-Gurion University (Israel), head of the area of Entrepreneurship and High-Tech Management and director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and High-Tech Management. She is an economic consultant in Israel and abroad and a board member of leading Israeli corporations.

About the Series

Regions and Cities

In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.

If you would like to discuss a potential new book for the series, please contact:

Joan Fitzgerald – [email protected] – Series Editor-in-Chief, or

Natalie Tomlinson – [email protected] – Routledge Commissioning Editor

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General