The Formation of Hidden Information: The Geography of the Swedish Internet Industry
2004 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Taking off from the burst of the Internet bubble and the ideas of the new technology as a space shrinking development this paper deals with the Internet industry in Stockholm, Sweden, and the question of agglomeration of economic of activities. Through a theoretical framework of localized and tacit knowledge, this paper discusses the importance of proximity, especially in the sense of knowledge transmission. The paper is structured in three main sections. First, a discussion of the benefits of being located in an agglomeration of firms is introduced, and connected to this some important ideas coming out of the literature on localized learning and tacit knowledge are being reviewed. Second, to give a short introduction to the Swedish Internet industry and the agglomeration of Internet firms in Stockholm. Finally, the paper will analyse empirical findings from a interview survey in the Stockholm Internet agglomeration from such a theoretical framework. The empirical findings suggests that firms within the Internet industry are located in close proximity to each other because of the importance of dense informal interpersonal networks, that facilitate the search for both new customers and collaborators. The findings also stress the importance of proximity in creating these dense networks.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-68769OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-68769DiVA: diva2:96680