Industry Clusters and Sydney's ITT Sector: northern Sydney as 'Australia's Silicon Valley'?
This paper examines the claim that the North Ryde-North Sydney arc isAustralia?s ?Silicon Valley?, seeking firstly to identify the empirical validities behind theclaim, and secondly to ask how the documented patterns might be explained. The paperevidences the fact that this area indeed provides the pre-eminent site for Australia?sinformation technology and telecommunications (ITT) sector. However, examination ofthis industry suggests that its expansion in Sydney has been motivated primarily by theincreasing centrality of advanced producer services within the high-order business sector. Itis Sydney?s attributes for multinational business, as opposed to the propulsive dynamics oflocal clustering per se, which appears to explain the spatial concentration of these activities.Thus, it is the urbanisation economies of Sydney more than the localisation economies ofthe ITT sector which account for the growth of this sector in the city. Nevertheless,localisation economies are sporadically significant, suggesting that Sydney?s ITT sector isto a certain extent a hybrid product of the two types of economies.
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|Authors:||Searle Glen ; Pritchard William|
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