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Branding knowledge-intensive regions: A comparative study of Pisa and Oulu high-tech brands
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2013 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 21, no 10, 1611-1629 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Place marketing and branding have drawn much attention both in the literature and in practice especially in the 1990s and 2000s. However, the research literature of place branding related to the dynamic evolution of knowledge-intensive regions is limited. This article aims at providing an analysis of place branding processes in knowledge-intensive regions in relation to the evolution of their high-tech clusters, in an attempt to identify the relation between brand development and cluster performance from a longitudinal perspective. The article discusses the results of a multiple case study, including Pisa, Italy and Oulu, Finland. The findings suggest that, in these two cases, branding consisted more in labelling an existing economic phenomenon rather than in fostering or having a bet on it in a visionary way. This is related to the political nature of branding which may provoke a mismatch between the timing of the high-tech cluster dynamics and the timing of branding initiatives, a mismatch which is likely to affect branding effectiveness and which should be considered when evaluating branding impacts.

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2013. Vol. 21, no 10, 1611-1629 p.
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184802DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.722962ISI: 000325960000009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-184802DiVA: diva2:567921
Available from: 2012-11-14 Created: 2012-11-14 Last updated: 2013-11-19Bibliographically approved

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