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Human Geography

Josephine Rekers

Senior lecturer

Human Geography

What triggers innovation diffusion? Intermediary organizations and geography in cultural and science-based industries

Author

  • Josephine V. Rekers

Summary, in English

This paper argues that innovation diffusion is not a rational implementation process, but more accurately portrayed as a highly social process, involving sets of intermediate organizations that contribute to a product’s reputation. Empirically it builds on two case studies, one cultural and one science-based, to demonstrate there are industry differences in where innovations get validated: validating intermediaries are centralized in few global nodes in the case of theatre, and decentralized in each marketplace in the case of pharmaceutical vaccines. This pattern is counterintuitive, because it is different from what we would expect based on the spatial organization of their production activities. These findings have implications for policy: can we assume innovations will readily diffuse (and export) outside their region of origin?

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography

Publishing year

2016-09-01

Language

English

Pages

1058-1075

Publication/Series

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

Volume

34

Issue

6

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Pion Ltd

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • cultural industries
  • Diffusion
  • innovation policy
  • knowledge-based economy
  • science

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0263-774X