Creative Cities, Cultural Clusters and Local Economic Development

Creative Cities, Cultural Clusters and Local Economic Development

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Philip Cooke and Luciana Lazzeretti

This book analyses the economic development of cities from the ‘cultural economy’ and ‘creative industry’ perspectives, examining and differentiating them as two related but distinct segments of contemporary city economies. The authors argue that although they are normally conflated, the first is largely subsidized while the second is highly entrepreneurial hence they actually make very different kinds of contribution to a city’s character, attractiveness and competitiveness.

Chapter 10: The Management of ‘Events’ in the Veneto Performing Music Cluster: Bridging Latent Networks and Permanent Organizations

Fiorenza Belussi and Silvia Rita Sedita

Subjects: economics and finance, cultural economics, regional economics, geography, cities, urban and regional studies, cities, clusters, regional economics


Fiorenza Belussi and Silvia Rita Sedita 1. INTRODUCTION1 The aim of the chapter is to provide some empirical evidence to strengthen the debate around the project-based organization, which tends to qualify the latter as the dominant organizing form among the creative industries. Our focus is the performing music industry. Explorative in nature, the work gives interesting hints, both on the organization of performing music, and thus of artistic events, and on the characteristics of the labour force, and thus of the artists. While some economists (Breschi and Malerba, 2005; Maskell and Lorenzen, 2004) have considered the different organizational arrangements occurring in the market (different from hierarchical organizations) developing some ideal stereotype-like networks, project-based organizations, clusters and districts, our work is based on an integrated perspective, which considers together the way in which resources, capabilities, places and social structures are combined for the production of an artistic event. Following Grabher (2002a: 212), who describes the interrelations between projects, personal ties, local relations and organizational affiliations, we have studied the modality through which activities – events – are organized by local associations (permanent organizations) recruiting local and distant human resources (latent network). Thus, there is a continuum between the so-called project organization and the permanent organization. The role of each individual association is to pre-organize the demand of a musical event, using the existing resources – musicians – and the locally embedded social network of talented artists (Trimarchi, 1993). The project organization – a one-shot form of organizing transactions – is created by the ability...

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