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Analysis of a city-region from the knowledge perspective: Tampere, Finland

Tan Yigitcanlar (School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Antti Lönnqvist (School of Management, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland)
Henna Salonius (Department of Business Information Management and Logistics, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland)


ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 5 August 2014



The paper aims to evaluate the knowledge-based urban development (KBUD) dynamics of a rapidly emerging knowledge city-region, Tampere region, Finland.


The paper empirically investigates Tampere region’s development achievements and progress from the knowledge perspective.


The research, through qualitative and quantitative analyses, reveals the regional development strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Tampere region.


The paper provides useful suggestions based on the lessons learned from the Tampere case investigation that could shed light on the KBUD journey of city-regions.



The authors acknowledge the contributions of Tampere University of Technology and Queensland University of Technology in funding the sabbatical of the first author in Finland. The authors cordially thank the regional authorities and experts that participated and supported this research with their in-depth knowledge and insights on the region and its prospects. The authors also thank the editor and anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments, which helped us to improve the manuscript.


Yigitcanlar, T., Lönnqvist, A. and Salonius, H. (2014), "Analysis of a city-region from the knowledge perspective: Tampere, Finland", VINE, Vol. 44 No. 3, pp. 445-466.



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