Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 328: Media clusters and metropolitan knowledge economy

Charlie Karlsson () and Philippe Rouchy ()
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Charlie Karlsson: Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Center of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS) KTH, Sweden, Postal: Jönköping International Business School, , P.O. Box 1026, , SE-551 11 Jönköping, , Sweden
Philippe Rouchy: Bleking Institute of Technology, Postal: Department of Management, , Bleking Institute of Technology, , Valhallavägen, , SE-371 41 Karlskrona, , Sweden,

Abstract: Large media clusters have emerged in a limited number of large cities, characterizing the geographical concentration of the global media industry. This paper starts by exploring the effect of the rapid advancement of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) had on the media economy. It concludes that the role of the “weightless economy” on media cluster has enhanced its production and distribution functions. We review the specificities of media cluster that ties agglomeration to creative, diversified attributes of production and distribution. The implication is that media firms hold strong tendencies to cluster in urban regions since they make full usage of its resources, namely its export capabilities and import transformation strength. Finally, we invite researchers to consider Jacobs’ metropolitan and global reciprocating system of city growth as a valid unit for analysing media clusters. The question leads envisaging if media clusters' strong metropolitan base allows them to grow further through globalised circuits. The paper concludes that large, media clusters drive on intellectually dense network of information, which can only be cultivated through large agglomerations existing capabilities. Consequently, the research question focuses upon the economic role of knowledge in media creation and export replacement. We emphasize the strength of Jacob’s model of media cluster for understanding its mechanism of value creation and endogenous system of globalisation.

Keywords: clustering; media industry; agglomeration; weightless economy; creative industry; globalization; regional development

JEL-codes: L82; R11

45 pages, October 21, 2013

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