Graziano, Teresa (2017) Le Geografie dell'Innovazione: startup creative per lo sviluppo socio-economico dei territori. Una lettura critica. Doctoral Thesis.
This work aims at evaluating from a critical perspective the socio-economic and territorial effects exerted by the ecosystem of new companies with high levels of innovation, creativity and technological assets, that is to say the creative startup which are widely regarded as players of entrepreneurial spirit and territorial innovation. From the theoretical standpoint, the research is included in the frame of economic geography exploring patterns and diffusion of knowledge, innovation and creativity. From the methodological point of view, the work scrutinises the localization factors, the patterns of clusterization and the relations between creative startups, urban milieux and local entrepreneurial ecosystem through a place-based case study: the Italian southern region Sicily, which represents a highly interesting case due to the recent emphasis on creativity and innovation as tools of development for the disadvantaged socio-economic regions. Thus, in the first section the work deepens the theoretical and epistemological issues related to the concepts of knowledge, creativity, innovation as well ass their relations with economic and urban structures, ranging from the Creative City paradigm to the new mantra of Startup City. In the second section, the territorial dimension of innovation and creativity is explored at the European and national level and, finally, through the case study about Sicily.
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