Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research

No 2005/10: Rethinking the Spatial Organization of Creative Industries

Jan Vang ()
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Jan Vang: CIRCLE, Lund University and Copenhagen Institute of Technology, Aalborg University, Postal: CIRCLE, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Economic geography; Cultural industries; Creative industries. Governance structures; Newspapers; Mass media.

JEL-codes: O30

37 pages, December 1, 2005

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