Integrating media clusters and value networks: Insights for management theory and research from a case study of Mediapolis in Finland

Sari Virta*, Gregory Ferrell Lowe

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We argue that there is scholarly potential in linking theory on industry clusters with theory on value networks. To date, these two theoretical streams have developed largely in parallel, limiting understanding of how the two are integrated in practice. By considering these theories in combination and the unique context of creative industries, we generate insight on the management of clusters as value networks. Our ongoing longitudinal empirical case is a new media cluster called 'Mediapolis' in the city of Tampere, Finland. The case study commenced at the time the cluster was in the planning and early operational stage. Results demonstrate the usefulness of linking the two theories, and support a future research agenda examining the types of cluster configurations meeting the criteria of value networks, and the conditions under which value network cluster configurations are more sustainable than simply a spatial agglomeration of clusters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-21
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Management and Organization
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017



  • Cluster configurations
  • creative industries
  • management paradoxes
  • media innovation management
  • value networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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