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Adaptation and change in creative clusters: Findings from Vienna's New Media sector

Sinozic, Tanja and Tödtling, Franz (2014) Adaptation and change in creative clusters: Findings from Vienna's New Media sector. SRE - Discussion Papers, 2014/01. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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Abstract

This paper explores cluster change using the case example of New Media in Vienna. It addresses the question of how cluster elements (such as firms and institutions) interact to shape and transform the thematic and spatial boundaries of clusters as they shift along their developmental stages. Clusters go through different phases underpinned by technical change, renewing and destroying previous cluster specialisations. Creativity is a key feature in modern economies underlying competitiveness in a range of sectors which cluster in urban areas. Sectors such as software and computer services, advertising and market research, printing and reproduction of recorded media, motion pictures, creative arts and entertainment are supported by regional conditions that enable creative processes in local interacting firms, and the translation of ideas into innovative products and services. These perspectives are used to explore the New Media cluster in Vienna based on 25 semi-structured interviews with firms specialising in New Media technology areas. When analysed using a life cycle perspective of clusters, the findings in this paper suggest that cluster thematic boundaries are shaped by change in technological variety via complex processes such as inter-disciplinary problem-solving in projects, re-activation of latent local and global networks, and firm capabilities to respond to rapidly changing client needs in devices, communication and design. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Multi-Level Governance and Development
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 08:59
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 18:08
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/71455/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/4091

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