Chapter 12: Conclusions
Colette Henry The creative industries represent a vital, exciting and rapidly changing ﬁeld of activity; one which is now recognized as a key growth sector in the knowledge-based economy. Creative enterprises are essentially a subset of knowledge-intensive industries and are deﬁned as ‘those activities that have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent, and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property’ (DCMS – Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 2001, p. 5). By researching the nature of entrepreneurship in the creative industries, we can gain valuable insights into the creative entrepreneurial process, and strengthen our knowledge and understanding of the range and type of businesses that make up this complex and dynamic sector. This edited collection of chapters, which has discussed creative entrepreneurship across 14 diﬀerent countries, has endeavoured to oﬀer some new dimensions to the current creative entrepreneurship research agenda. In so doing, the valuable economic and social contribution of the creative sector has been highlighted and the challenges for policymakers, educators and trainers have been platformed. While the chapters in Part I of this book considered ‘The Nature of Creative Entrepreneurship’, providing insights into the various industries within the creative sector across a range of countries, those contained in Part II focused on ‘Supporting the Creative Industries Sector’, discussing how such industries are and potentially could be funded, supported, encouraged and developed. A number of key themes have emerged. DEFINING THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES A fundamental...
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