Urban Innovation Networks

Understanding the City as a Strategic Resource

  • Alexander Gutzmer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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  3. Alexander Gutzmer
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  4. Alexander Gutzmer
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 117-123

About this book


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.


Actor-network theory Corporate innovation Innovation management Innovation management Resource-based view of the firm Urban innovation networks Urban innovation networks Urbanism

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander Gutzmer
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  1. 1.Department of Corporate CommunicationsQuadriga University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany

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