Temporary Knowledge Ecologies
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Temporary Knowledge Ecologies

The Rise of Trade Fairs in the Asia-Pacific Region

Edited by Harald Bathelt and Gang Zeng

Temporary Knowledge Ecologies investigates and theorizes the nature, rise and evolution of trade fair knowledge ecologies in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides a comprehensive overview of trade fairs in this key world region applying a comparative perspective that involves highly diverse developed and developing countries. The book identifies (i) knowledge generation and transfer processes through trade fairs, (ii) interrelationships between industrial specialization and trade fair specialization, and (iii) linkages between economic development, industrial policy and trade fair development.
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Chapter 15: Towards temporary knowledge ecologies in the Asia-Pacific region: a synthesis

Harald Bathelt, Peng-Fei Li and Gang Zeng


The agenda behind this book is to present an analysis of the rise and development of trade fair ecologies in the Asia-Pacific region by comparing the situation in many of the countries. While we are still far from being able to provide a comprehensive overview of the Asia-Pacific trade fair business, this edited volume substantially advances our understanding of the structures and interrelationships between trade fair activities and economic development in Asia-Pacific economies. When considering the exponential economic growth in many Asian countries since the 1970s, it is surprising how little we still know about trade fairs in the region. In trying to bridge this gap, the contributions of this volume focus on several interrelated research goals: The first goal is to provide an overview of trade fair developments in the Asia-Pacific region and the factors that influence these processes. Although the growth of trade fair activities in this area has been faster than that in other world regions (Golfetto and Rinallo, this volume; Jin and Weber, this volume), secondly, the individual chapters aim to show that the development of trade fairs in the Asia-Pacific region has been highly uneven, with large differences between industries, city-regions and even countries. The third goal of this book is to synthesize the development of trade fair activities and propose a conceptualization of Asia-Pacific trade fairs in a dynamic perspective.

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