Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Quality, space and regional competition: conceptualizing a 'quality model'
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. (CIND)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the wake of globalization a new economic and competitive landscape has developed and, from both a research and policy perspective, increased efforts are being put into understanding and stimulating innovativeness. However, in this paper it is argued that innovation, or innovativeness, is perhaps insufficient when competing on global markets, at least in certain types of industries where performance, standards, and perceptions of the product are at the forefront. In addition to existing theory we focus on the role of ‘quality’ in creating and sustaining regional competitive advantage. A quality model is introduced as a tool for understanding and analyzing the role of quality in relation to spatial embeddedness and geographical scales. Quality is here identified as a promise or a set of promises, experienced, constructed, mediated and negotiated by a variety of actors: producers, customers/consumers, and intermediaries. These promises are divided into three quality indicators and mechanisms identifying different states and processes stimulating quality creation, labelled performance, projection, and protection. The paper argues that a focus on quality processes and the relation to space contributes to the understanding of regional competitiveness. Regional competitiveness is arguably achieved when: a) quality perception and knowledge permeate all actors and their activities and are inherent throughout the value chain; b) a good or a service is well represented in one or more of the quality indicators of the model; and c) space is an integral part of these processes in that it facilitates i) localized learning/localization economies and ii) place-based branding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Centre for Research on Innovation and Industrial Dynamics (CIND), Uppsala University , 2010. , p. 23
Series
CIND research paper ; 2010:1
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145622OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-145622DiVA, id: diva2:396420
Available from: 2011-02-10 Created: 2011-02-09 Last updated: 2012-04-19Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(300 kB)414 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 300 kBChecksum SHA-512
8dc865d551f5b854085d985b88030b09bb2ccaafcb4daed933acb86ef9fb3efa946bf0783fcdeec771aed8ddd2a0c81034ceec0ababea2f683e82badbc66215c
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Jansson, JohanWaxell, Anders
By organisation
Department of Social and Economic Geography
Social and Economic Geography

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 414 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 781 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf