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Cyber Security, Regional Transformation and Ordinary Places: Evolution, Path Creation and a Resource-Based View of Regional Economies

Authors: John Bryson*, University of Birmingham
Topics: Economic Geography, Regional Geography, Europe
Keywords: ordinary cities, cyber security, regional development, evolution
Session Type: Paper
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This paper develops a conceptual framework for exploring regional transformation as a process involving the bundling and rebundling of localised resource combinations. It develops a more integrated approach for exploring industrial organisation, or regional transformation, by drawing upon evolutionary, institutional and resource-based approaches to develop a resource-based view of regional economies (RBV-RE). This framework is applied to understand and explain the regional transformations or path creations which have been experienced by the Malvern Hills, UK. This area of the UK has experienced four qualitative transformations reflecting processes of layering and conversion – water cure metropolis, educational centre, defence establishment and cyber security. This is a rural area with a number of linked small towns and is the only rural area of the UK that has developed a hi-tech cluster. This process continually recreates this area's economy in an on-going process of transition. The paper explores the evolution of this "ordinary place" over a period of 500 years and highlights how extraordinary things have occurred in a rather ordinary place.

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