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Creative People and Industries for Growth and Development: A case study of the municipality of Kalmar
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the relationship between place and creative people and industries. The shift from industrial economies to knowledge-driven economies has ushered in what some scholars refer to as the Creative Economy. At the heart of this new economy are the Creative Industries, which consist of people, creativity, skill and talent. These industries, which are creating more jobs and adding increased value to products and services, represent one of the largest and fastest growing sectors. In Sweden, the Creative Industries are increasingly being recognized as an important asset for global competitiveness and research reveals that 35% of Sweden’s employed are considered part of the so-called ‘Creative Class’: artists, researchers, managers and other related professionals. The research also reveals, however, that there is an uneven distribution of this talent pool throughout the country. As regional growth is of continual concern in Sweden, there has been an increased focus on the potential of the Creative Industries to stimulate development on the local and regional level. The municipality of Kalmar recognizes that its strong cultural institutions are among its greatest assets and they are working to integrate culture and cultural values into the city planning process in order to create an attractive environment. In addition, their recent establishment as a university town is considered to be of the utmost significance in their struggle to attract creative people and industries, and Linnaeus University is recognized as an important motor for regional development as well as a seedbed for innovation, research and new companies.

Abstract [sv]

Uppsatsen undersöker relationen mellan plats och kreativa människor och industrier. Övergången från industriella ekonomier till kunskapsdrivna ekonomier har inlett vad vissa forskare hänvisar till som den kreativa ekonomin. I hjärtat av denna nya kreativa ekonomi finns de kreativa näringarna som består av människor, kreativitet, skicklighet och talang. Dessa industrier, som skapar fler arbetstillfällen och lägger ökat värde till produkter och tjänster, utgör en av de största och snabbast växande branscherna. I Sverige ses de kreativa näringarna mer och mer som en viktig tillgång för den globala konkurrenskraften, och forskning visar att 35% av Sveriges anställda anses vara en del av den så kallade "kreativa klassen": konstnärer, forskare, företagsledare och andra relaterade yrkesgrupper. Forskningen visar dock att det finns en ojämn fördelning av denna talangpool. Eftersom den regionala tillväxten fortsätter att vara ett orosmoln i Sverige, har det skett en ökad fokusering på de möjligheter som de kreativa branscherna har för att stimulera utvecklingen på lokal och regional nivå. Kommunen Kalmar erkänner att dess starka kulturella institutioner är bland dess viktigaste tillgångar och arbetar för att integrera kultur och kulturella värden i stadens planering för att skapa en attraktiv miljö. Dessutom anses dess etablering som universitetsstad vara av största betydelse i kampen för att locka kreativa människor och industrier, och Linnéuniversitetet är erkänt som en viktig motor för regional utveckling samt en grogrund för innovation, forskning och nya företag.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , p. 42
Keywords [en]
Creative Industries, Creative Class, Place, Regional Development, Linnaeus University
Keywords [sv]
Kreativa näringar, kreative klass, plats, regionalutveckling, Linnéuniversitetet
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-23650OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-23650DiVA, id: diva2:600080
Subject / course
Human Geography
Educational program
Tourism Management Programme, 180 credits
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2013-02-14 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-02-14Bibliographically approved

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