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  • Writer's pictureIHS Alumni

One firm’s medicine is another firm's poison

(HT: high-technology; MHT: medium-high-technology; MLT: medium-low-technology; LT: low-technology; KIMS: knowledge-intensive market service; HTKIS: high-tech knowledge-intensive service; KIFS: knowledge-intensive financial service; OKI: other knowledge-intensive; LKI: less knowledge-intensive)

Chinese Firms always prefer to locate in clusters who own the similarity of technology and knowledge with them, but high-level technology and knowledge firms try to avoid to co-locate with less technology and knowledge firms. Hence, in the diversity agglomeration, some firms get benefit by co-locating with other firms, but some might be harmed by it.


Chen Cheng (Msc Urban Management and Development, IHS Erasmus University Rotterdam) primarily focus on economic geography and regional innovation when he did his master thesis in Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR) department in 2015. He also hold a Bachelor’s degree (distinction) in Event Economy and Management at Shanghai Institute of Tourism, Shanghai Normal University. Before his graduate studies in the Netherlands, he worked as a project executive in Arvato, Bertelsmann Group (shanghai) to provide monthly CRM (consumer relationship management) report to Volvo cars (Shanghai). He also got the internship in KIT at Amsterdam as a training course assistant. Chen is interested in using urban data to tell story. The visualisation of data to some extent increase the intimacy between people and city itself. People can make better decision and build a sense of belonging to city when they know the logic behind.


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