“This guide to the emerging language of creative industries field is a valuable resource for researchers and students alike. Concise, extensively referenced, and accessible, this this is an exceptionally useful reference work.” - Gauti Sigthorsson, Greenwich University “There could be no better guides to the conceptual map of the creative industries than John Hartley and his colleagues, pioneers in the field. This book is a clear, comprehensive and accessible tool-kit of ideas, concepts, questions and discussions which will be invaluable to students and practitioners alike. Key Concepts in Creative Industries is set to become the corner stone of an expanding and exciting field of study” - Chris Barker, University of Wollongong Creativity is an attribute of individual people, but also a feature of organizations like firms, cultural institutions and social networks. In the knowledge economy of today, creativity is of increasing value, for developing, emergent and advanced countries, and for competing cities. This book is the first to present an organized study of the key concepts that underlie and motivate the field of creative industries. Written by a world-leading team of experts, it presents readers with compact accounts of the history of terms, the debates and tensions associated with their usage, and examples of how they apply to the creative industries around the world. Crisp and relevant, this is an invaluable text for students of the creative industries across a range of disciplines, especially media, communication, economics, sociology, creative and performing arts and regional studies.



The word innovation has become somewhat clichéd in the burgeoning creative industries context, mostly through unspecific over-application. The creative industries promote innovation, they say – and the creative industries are highly innovative too. But whatever weariness has accrued to meet such generalisation, the underlying observation of a deep connection between creative industries and innovation remains a key concept to understand in respect of both the value creative industries adds (innovation economics), and the appropriate policy models (innovation policy).

Innovation is the primary mechanism that drives long-run economic growth and development. An innovation process is normally modelled as a three-phase trajectory. This begins with (1) the invention or origination of a novel idea (von Hippel 2005); then (2) the adoption or diffusion of that idea through ...

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