Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Creativity
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Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Creativity

Edited by Rolf Sternberg and Gerhard Krauss

This Handbook focuses on the interdependent relationship between entrepreneurship and creativity. This relationship is analysed from the perspective of different disciplines, including economic geography, sociology, education, economics, psychology, and also in different spatial contexts.
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Chapter 3: Creativity as an integral element of social capital and its role in economic performance

Hans Westlund, Martin Andersson and Charlie Karlsson


This chapter provides a theoretically informed discussion of creativity in social capital and elaborates on its role in economic growth and development based on recent theoretical developments in evolutionary economics and economic geography. We discuss social capital as an explanatory factor for creativity and creative processes in the short run, but also creativity as a factor having impacts on social networks, norms and values in the long run. The theoretical discussions are complemented with empirical illustrations and examples. Our starting point is that creativity has both an individual and a collective component, which are both linked to social capital.

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