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Urban Innovation Networks

Understanding the City as a Strategic Resource

Authors: Gutzmer, Alexander

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  • Demonstrates how the contemporary city can be seen – and used – as a resource for corporate innovation
  • Combines management thinking with urban theory and the sociology of networks    
  • Presents case studies on companies, such as Audi, Ikea and Siemens, building urban innovation networks 
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This book offers fresh insights into how companies can engage with, and make use of, the modern metropolis. Based on actor-network theory and the resource-based view of the firm, it demonstrates how the contemporary city can be seen – and used – as a resource for corporate innovation. The main argument is that companies have to build what the author calls “urban innovation networks.” After a theory-based outline of such networks, the author demonstrates the extent to which different institutional players – companies such as Audi, Ikea and Siemens, but also arts institutions like the Haus der Kunst in Munich – are already working to create them. The book combines management thinking with urban theory and the sociology of networks to create a unique blend of different views of capitalism and space, offering a new perspective on both the modern metropolis and globally operating companies active within our distinctly urban culture.

About the authors

Alexander Gutzmer is professor for media and communication at the Berlin-based Quadriga University and Editorial Director of the publishing house Callwey. He is also editor-in-chief of the architecture magazine “Baumeister”. Gutzmer worked as a business journalist for the German national weekly newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” and was editor-in-chief of the management magazine “think:act”, published by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He got a PhD and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a business degree from Free University Berlin.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Innovation Networks
Book Subtitle
Understanding the City as a Strategic Resource
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-24624-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-24624-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-24622-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37074-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 123
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