Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Talents and Innovative Regions: exploring the Importance of Face-to-Face Communication and Buzz
() and Jan Vang
Abstract: This paper argues that face-to-face communication and buzz
are becoming increasingly important in the regionalizing le arning economy.
This reflects the importance of inn ovations as a means of enhancing
regional competitiveness. While concurring with the new streams of
literature in geography highlighting the importance of face-to-face and
buzz, it is argued that this lite rature is misleading on three
interrelated accounts. Firstly, it conflates face-to-face and buzz by e.g.
looking at buzz as the result of positive effects of face-to-face.
Secondly, it fails to distinguish between the importance of respectively
face-to-face and buzz for industries drawing on different knowledge bases;
being analytical, synthetic and symbolic. Thirdly, these conceptual
inadequacies lead to exaggerating the importance of cities as sites for
creation of innovations, hence regional competitiveness.
unpacking the distinctions between face-to-face and buzz and applying an
industrial knowledge base approach we seek to reconstruct an alternative
framework that allows for a systematic differentiation between the
importance of both face-to- face and buzz for industries drawing on the
different knowledg e-bases. This provides a frame work for developing more
realistic locational predictions, with respect to the attractiveness of
cities and regions as sites for generating regional competitiveness.
Keywords: Face-to-Face Communication; Innovative regions; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O30; (follow links to similar papers)
35 pages, December 1, 2005
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