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Knowledge workers, cultural diversity and innovation: evidence from London

Lee, Neil and Nathan, Max (2010) Knowledge workers, cultural diversity and innovation: evidence from London. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 1 (1/2). pp. 53-78. ISSN 2040-4468

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Abstract

London is one of the world's major cities and one of its most culturally diverse. A number of studies link diverse workforces and populations to levels of urban innovation, especially in global cities. While widely explored as a social phenomenon, there has been little work on the importance of London's diversity for the city's businesses. This paper uses the 2007 London Annual Business Survey to investigate, exploiting the survey's unique coverage of both workforce composition and innovation outcomes. From a cross-section of over 2300 firms, we find significant positive relationships between workforce and ownership diversity, and product and process innovation. These provide some support for claims that London's cultural diversity is a source of economic strength.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2010 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 15:56
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/52373/

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