Conceptual Foundations of Innovation Geography

  • Tan Yigitcanlar
  • Tommi Inkinen


This chapter introduces theories of spatial economic development. There is an extensive amount of international research evidence that the main driving areas within nations are relatively large sized cities and their regions. The growth often concentrates on a limited number of key regions and cities of the world—mostly those are global cities of the world. Their number on the other hand is dependent on the population and geographical size of the nation. The relationship is not, however, linear or simple question of size. The location advantaged specific for each location have a significant impact and role on how it fits to the needs of varying markets. Industrial history and the advantage of the initiator are clearly visible in several key-hotspots in the technology industries producing innovations.


Agglomerations Clusters Proximate relatedness Creative destruction Spatiality Innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Maritime Studies, Brahea CentreUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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