Knowledge in the air and cooperation among firms: traditions of secrecy and the reluctant emergence of specialization in the ceramic manufacturing district of�Lampang, Thailand
AbstractWe study interfirm relations among ceramic tableware manufacturers in the city of Lampang, Thailand. Data consist of face-to-face interviews with the principals of thirty-four manufacturers, and with representatives of supporting institutions. We find that specialization in production and knowledge sharing are complementary; that knowledge sharing is substantially discretionary, rather than taking the form of passive spillovers; and that a weak knowledge base, built on firm-based training within vertically integrated mass producers, constrains the development of flexible specialization, despite the efforts of numerous local and external actors. Keywords: cluster, industrial district, specialization, knowledge transfer, ceramic industry, developing economies
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning A.
Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
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