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Book Idea: The Geography of IT

leo donahue
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I was wondering if a book on the Geography of IT is a possibility? What locational factors play a role in certain metro areas that contribute to the total number of jobs available in IT in those areas. Why are some metro areas not as "thriving" as they used to be, if it is even related to location.


Thanks, leo
Mark Herschberg
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I was recently talking with some HBS prof's about a business economic PhD topic similar to this. I was thinking of looking at the dymanics of emerging technology marketplaces. It would cover how new technology creates new labor markets and how those markets mature and grow as the technology matures and widespread adoption occurs.
I think your idea for a book is more of an interesting research topic.
--Mark
Pauline McNamara
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This kind of topic gets a lot of attention in Geography departments, under one of several possible concentrations within Geography: Economic Geography, Human Geography, Regional Development, etc.
I wouldn't be surprised if a book like this exists already, maybe just better known in academic circles (like what Mark said).
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Panagiotis Varlagas
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IEEE Software had been running a series of country reports in the past (I am unsure of whether this is continuing). I remember reports on Canada, China, Russia. If IEEE compiled these reports into a publication, then here is a book on IT geography pretty fast (although perhaps incoherent if unedited, and on average 1-2 yrs behing recent developments).
Jonathan Hendry
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There's also the recent book, The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida. The class is defined as "those whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology, and new creative content"
One of the things he talks about are the factors that draw this Creative Class to a particular area. Why did high tech spring up so much more in Austin, TX, rather than Dallas, or Houston?
Al Newman
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Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
I was recently talking with some HBS prof's about a business economic PhD topic similar to this. I was thinking of looking at the dymanics of emerging technology marketplaces. It would cover how new technology creates new labor markets and how those markets mature and grow as the technology matures and widespread adoption occurs.
I think your idea for a book is more of an interesting research topic.
--Mark

Sounds like it might be in Michael Porter's domain, Mark....


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