Cities, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems: assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Huggins, R. and Thompson, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-1961-7441, 2022. Cities, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems: assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. ISSN 1752-1378

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Abstract

A potential impact from the COVID-19 pandemic is that the nature, rates and spatial configuration of innovation may change within and across cities. To examine these potential changes this paper draws on findings from data gathered through interviews, surveys and secondary data over two time periods: prior to the pandemic; and during the fallout from the pandemic .The paper utilises the concept of ‘entrepreneurial ecosystems’ and the analysis finds significant adaptability and resilience across the ecosystems addressed. It is argued that these ecosystems are not only likely to survive, but to actually thrive as the requirement for new technological solutions and applications allows them to maintain their innovative capacity and capability. It is further found that more spatially distributed patterns of entrepreneurial innovation are emerging across a wider range of cities and regions, which is leading to changes in the spatial economics of innovation. It is concluded that the pandemic is likely to heighten rather than slow down these trends and are likely to continue until any new unforeseen global shock with the capacity to destabilise such patterns occurs.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Creators: Huggins, R. and Thompson, P.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 9 July 2022
ISSN: 1752-1378
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1093/cjres/rsac023DOI
1564059Other
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Jul 2022 09:34
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 09:34
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46576

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