Industry clusters and Sydney's ITT sector: Northern Sydney as 'Australia's Silicon Valley'?

Searle, Glen and Pritchard, Bill (2005) Industry clusters and Sydney's ITT sector: Northern Sydney as 'Australia's Silicon Valley'?. Australian Geographer, 36 2: 145-169. doi:10.1080/00049180500153443


Author Searle, Glen
Pritchard, Bill
Title Industry clusters and Sydney's ITT sector: Northern Sydney as 'Australia's Silicon Valley'?
Journal name Australian Geographer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9182
1465-3311
Publication date 2005-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00049180500153443
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 145
End page 169
Total pages 25
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines the claim that the North Ryde–North Sydney arc is Australia's ‘Silicon Valley’, seeking firstly to identify the empirical validities behind the claim, and secondly to ask how the documented patterns might be explained. The paper evidences the fact that this area indeed provides the pre-eminent site for Australia's information technology and telecommunications (ITT) sector. However, examination of this industry suggests that its expansion in Sydney has been motivated primarily by the increasing centrality of advanced producer services within the high-order business sector. It is Sydney's attributes for multinational business, as opposed to the propulsive dynamics of local clustering per se, which appears to explain the spatial concentration of these activities. Thus, it is the urbanisation economies of Sydney more than the localisation economies of the ITT sector which account for the growth of this sector in the city. Nevertheless, localisation economies are sporadically significant, suggesting that Sydney's ITT sector is to a certain extent a hybrid product of the two types of economies.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Mon, 31 Oct 2011, 19:08:33 EST by Associate Professor Glen Searle on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management