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Industrial Districts as Open Learning Systems: Combining Emergent and Deliberate Knowledge Structures

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  • Fiorenza Belussi
  • Silvia R. Sedita

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B elussi F. and S edita S. R. Industrial districts as open learning systems: combining emergent and deliberate knowledge structures, Regional Studies . This article deepens the theoretical understanding of learning processes in industrial districts by analysing the emergent and deliberate structures that favour knowledge transfer at the local and distance level. An analytical framework illustrates district-learning dynamics through two mechanisms. The first is the exploitation of local knowledge structures. The second is the exploration of distant knowledge structures. It is claimed that a combination of the two mechanisms enhances the competitiveness of industrial districts in the global arena. How these theoretical reflections find empirical evidence in the case of the Lake Naivasha cut-flower district in Kenya is illustrated. B elussi F. et S edita S. R. Les districts industriels en tant que formule d'apprentissage à la carte: allier les structures de connaissance naissantes et voulues, Regional Studies . Cet article cherche à approfondir la compréhension théorique des processus d'apprentissage dans les districts industriels en analysant les structures naissantes et voulues en faveur du transfert de la connaissance sur le plan local et à distance. Un cadre analytique présente la dynamique d'apprentissage des districts en employant deux méthodes. Primo, l'exploitation des structures de connaissance locales et secundo l'exploration des structures de connaissance à distance. On prétend que allier les deux mécanismes augmente la compétitivité des districts industriels sur la scène mondiale. On présente comment l'étude de cas du district horticole du lac Naivasha au Nevada fait preuve empirique de ces réflexions théoriques-là. Districts industriels Structure de connaissance Réseaux commerciaux Communautés de pratique B elussi F. und S edita S. R. Industriebezirke als offene Lernsysteme: Kombination von entstehenden und beabsichtigten Wissensstrukturen, Regional Studies . In diesem Artikel vertiefen wir das theoretische Verständnis der Lernprozesse in Industriebezirken durch eine Analyse der entstehenden und beabsichtigten Strukturen zur Förderung von Wissenstransfer auf lokaler und ferner Ebene. Anhand eines analytischen Rahmens wird die Dynamik des Lernens auf Bezirksebene durch zwei Mechanismen illustriert. Der erste ist die Nutzung von lokalen Wissensstrukturen. Der zweite ist die Nutzung von fernen Wissensstrukturen. Es wird die These aufgestellt, dass sich durch eine Kombination der beiden Mechanismen die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der Industriebezirke in der globalen Arena verbessert. Ebenso wird illustriert, wie sich diese theoretischen Überlegungen im Fall des Schnittblumendistrikts von Lake Naivasha in Kenia auf empirische Weise belegen lassen. Industriebezirke Wissensstruktur Geschäftsnetzwerke 003;Praxisgemeinschaften B elussi F. y S edita S. R. Comarcas industriales como sistemas abiertos de aprendizaje: combinando estructuras de conocimiento emergentes y deliberados, Regional Studies . En este artículo profundizamos en la comprensión teórica de los procesos de aprendizaje en las comarcas industriales al analizar las estructuras emergentes y deliberadas que favorecen la transferencia de conocimiento a nivel local y distante. A partir de una estructura analítica ilustramos las dinámicas de aprendizaje de las comarcas mediante dos mecanismos. El primero es la explotación de las estructuras de conocimiento locales. El segundo es la explotación de las estructuras de conocimiento distantes. Exponemos que una combinación de los dos mecanismos mejora la competitividad de las comarcas industriales en la escena mundial. Asimismo ilustramos cómo estas ideas teóricas muestran evidencias empíricas en el caso del lago Naivasha en el distrito de flores cortadas en Kenia. Comarcas industriales Estructura de conocimiento Redes comerciales Comunidades de práctica

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Volume (Year): 46 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 165-184

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