It can be argued that competition in Finland’s autonomous Åland has lead to decreasing differentation among local media. A research by Carl-Gustav Lindén of the University of Helsinki studies newspaper differentiation and competition in the region.
It can be argued that competition is good for local democracy and businesses. Yet, here it is not sufficient as a single explanatory framework for innovation and differentiation. Resources and processes are less important factors than organisational culture when the capability for innovations is considered.
Frugal Innovation in a Strange Place: Newspaper Differentiation on Åland was published recently in The Journal of Media Innovations and is available online.
Picture: Västerhamn in Mariehamn, Åland by Fanny Schertzer, licence CC BY-SA 3.0, cropped