Spatial dynamics of creative industries: The case of computer programming sector in Ankara

Durmaz Erçetin, Büşra
The development of cities and economies in the 21st century have been discussed through creative sectors. The Fordist mode of production, which was dominant until the 1970s, left its hegemony to the post Fordist mode based on flexible production and specialization. Widespread use of digital technologies and computerized production stand as one of the most prior features of this new post Fordist era. In the new era, based on knowledge and creativity, development have been undertaken by the sectors that can manage to use these skills. Therefore, today, especially science and technology-based creative industries are considered as the key to the development of cities and economies, which contribute greatly to the management of the Covid-19 pandemic process that started globally in 2019. Therefore, the importance that needs to be attributed to the digitalization process and the science and technology-oriented sectors has been clearly realized once again. In addition, when the creative sectors are mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the culture and art dimension and there are many studies on this matter in the literature. However, science and technology-based sectors developing creative products at least as much as generated by the arts and culture related sectors. Because of all these reasons, ‘Computer Programming Activities’, which is counted as one of the science and technology oriented creative sectors and composed mainly of software industries, was chosen as one of the research topics of this thesis. Another research topic of the thesis is to discuss the spatial location selection dynamics of the creative industries. In this context, the reasons for choosing a location for the creative sector of computer programming activities (software industries) in Ankara and the reasons for choosing a location in this city were assessed. These assessments are discussed in the context of cluster theory, which is the matter of economic geography, and externalities created by localization and urbanization economies. In the research process of the thesis, in-depth interviews, as one of the qualitative methods, and cluster mapping analysis, as one of the quantitative research methods, were utilized within the scope of the field study research method. In line with the findings, it was concluded that the computer programming activities (software) sector, which is one of the science and technology oriented creative sectors in Ankara, tends to cluster in urban space and benefit from the externalities of both localization and urbanization economies.


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B. Durmaz Erçetin, “Spatial dynamics of creative industries: The case of computer programming sector in Ankara,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.