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Gatekeepers and knowledge diffusion in the fashion industry
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. (CIND)
2006 (English)In: Paper presented at DRUID-DIME Academy Winter 2006 PhD Conference, 2006Conference paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

The prevailing paradigm in economic theory in general, and especially economic geography, has for the latest two to three decenniums been that product and organisational innovations

are the basic elements for economic growth and prosperity. A common feature most of the innovation literature share is the notion that good ideas seldom develops in a vacuum;

innovation is an interactive process and involves different kinds of social interaction. Hence, the relations between economic actors are key features if one wants to understand economic

performance. In this paper I argue that this production and distribution of knowledge is not evenly distributed, but channelled through different patterns or channels. These information

channels often take the form of relationships between agents, and are characterise by long duration and stability. These contacts can operate as “pipelines” for information, and usually involve interdependencies between actors and resources. The relations are often built through strategic and conscious work. I would argue that some actors have key roles in these systems of information diffusion; they serve as gatekeepers. They have high influence in what kind of knowledge that slips through the pipes and how this information is distributed. The fashion industry will be used as a case to highlight the argumentation.

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Keyword [en]
Knowledge diffusion, pipes and buzz, gatekeepers, power
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-10360OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-10360DiVA: diva2:38128
Available from: 2007-03-20 Created: 2007-03-20

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