Benchmarking knowledge-based urban development performance : Results from the international comparison of Helsinki

Yigitcanlar, T. & Lonnqvist, A. (2013) Benchmarking knowledge-based urban development performance : Results from the international comparison of Helsinki. Cities, 31, pp. 357-369.

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In the era of a global knowledge economy, urban regions that seek to increase their competitive edge, become destinations for talent and investment and provide prosperity and high quality of life to their inhabitants have little chance of achieving these goals without forming effective knowledge-based urban development strategies. The research reported in this paper aims to address the questions of how a knowledge-based urban development performance measurement can be undertaken and the value contribution of such measurement. The paper focuses on the city of Helsinki. This empirical study analytically investigates Helsinki’s performance from the lens of knowledge-based urban development by comparing this urban region with eight international competitors, Boston, San Francisco, Birmingham, Manchester, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto, and Vancouver. The results of the study not only reveal a clearer understanding of Helsinki’s benchmarked performance and competitive edge considering the regional policy context along with strategic directions in strengthening its international standing and competitiveness but also provide useful insights for other urban regions that aspire to such development.

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ID Code: 56170
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Knowledge-based Urban Development, Knowledge City, Knowledge Economy, Knowledge Society, Helsinki, Finland
DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2012.11.005
ISSN: 1873-6084 (online) 0264-2751 (print)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Cities. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Cities, Volume 31, April 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2012.11.005
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2013 00:30
Last Modified: 01 May 2016 16:44

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