Leadership and sustainability in the knowledge economy: what difference does place make?

Peck, Frank (2015) Leadership and sustainability in the knowledge economy: what difference does place make? In: Leading Wellbeing International Research Festival, 16-18 July 2015, Ambleside, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Despite the major changes encompassed by the term globalisation and the enabling power of new communications technologies, a growing body of literature suggests that place-based processes still matter in understanding leadership and sustainability in the knowledge economy. In regional studies, there is growing interest in the hypothesis that “leadership” could be a missing factor in current explanations of why some places thrive while others languish in the global economy. This presentation reviews current understanding of the role and significance of place-leadership and in particular, the extent to which place presents new or unique challenges for leadership. Place, however, is not just a collective noun for physical settings at various subnational scales ( cities, towns, regions) upon which leadership can be exercised. It can also be used to refer to the socio-spatial context within which any change occurs. So, while there is a debate as to whether place can be shaped by leadership, equally this has provoked questions about whether leadership itself can be properly understood outside the context of “place”. The paper concludes by considering place-based processes and their significance as a setting for leadership in sustainable business practice. Bio: As Director of the Centre for Regional Economic Development, Frank Peck conducts research on regional economies and provides consultancy services for external agencies and organisations involved in local and regional development. Previous research includes publication on the regional impacts of inward investment, industrial restructuring and small business and entrepreneurship in rural areas. More recent work has focused on the regional efects of public procurement and the employment impacts of contact centres in peripheral regions. Current directions focus on the following themes: Regional clusters, knowledge networks and regional innovation: Local and regional development strategies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2022 11:51
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 11:51
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6702

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