The geography of innovation tends to fall back on the measurement of invention, thus largely missing the organisational challenges of production and marketing that innovation entails. As a result, such research may prop up knowledge spillovers at the expense of the organisational economies of diverse cities for innovative entrepreneurs. Yet innovative entrepreneurship plays a critical role in economic growth. This study leverages a novel dataset of innovative ventures to evaluate the relationship between industrial diversity and innovative entrepreneurship across U.S. cities. The strong relationship supports a renewed focus on the entrepreneurial and organisational aspects of innovation and urban economies, beyond the knowledge spillovers linked to invention.
About the Speaker
Sylvain’s research interests focus on cities, innovation, entrepreneurship, and business ecosystems. He holds a PhD in Geography from Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris. He has fulfilled various roles in business, government and education in Europe and Asia. He started as an information systems management consultant with leading service & finance multinationals in Paris. Then, he was posted in Seoul as an economic analyst and trade diplomat with the French Ministry of Finance. Since 2014, he has worked as teacher, researcher and program director in research universities in Singapore.