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A novel typology of media clusters

Komorowski, Marlen 2017. A novel typology of media clusters. European Planning Studies 25 (8) , pp. 1334-1356. 10.1080/09654313.2017.1303823

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Is the clustering of audio-visual companies in London’s Soho really the same as the clustering of Berlin’s new media industry? The media cluster approach has gained a lot of attention not only in academia, but also in political discourse. But, as appealing as the media cluster concept is, one of the most fundamental issues is the comparability of the phenomenon. This article tackles this issue and an analysis of 43 case studies has been conducted. The case studies have been grouped to find a new typology for media clusters. The research revealed six different types: The Creative Region, the Giant Anchor, the Specialized Area, the Attracting Enabler, the Real Estate and the Pooling Initiative. The typologies showed that they distinguish especially in their geographical scale and specialization in media activities, while at the same time cluster types can be found in the same area. They are driven by four rationales: agglomeration, urbanization, localization economies and artificial formation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 February 2020
Date of Acceptance: 3 March 2017
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 13:50

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