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What drives innovativeness in industrial clusters? Transcending the debate

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  • Caniels, M.C.J.

    (Open University)

  • Romijn, H.A.

    (ECIS, Eindhoven University of Technology)

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The paper throws new light on the debate about the role played by local knowledge spillovers (LKS) as a driver of regional innovative activity. It transcends the regional level of analysis that has been commonly adopted in the literature so far, using insights from the evolutionary theory of the firm. This makes it possible to derive a typology of mechanisms through which regional agglomeration may stimulate learning and innovation at the firm level. When this typology is brought to bear on the extant approaches in the debate, the contrasting viewpoints can be reconciled to some extent. The main conclusion is that little theoretical ground for the LKS debate remains. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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Paper provided by Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) in its series Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) working paper series with number 03.04.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Keywords: Industrial clusters; Regional agglomerations; Technological learning;

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  1. Marek Jemala, 2009. "Strategic Business Alliances: Qualitative Analysis of Specific Factors of Business Clusters," Acta Oeconomica Pragensia, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2009(4), pages 19-33.
  2. Fiorenza Belussi & Silvia Rita Sedita, 2011. "Industrial districts as open learning systems: combining emergent and deliberate knowledge structures," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0141, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
  3. Sara Cruz & Aurora Teixeira, 2010. "The Evolution of the Cluster Literature: Shedding Light on the Regional Studies-Regional Science Debate," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(9), pages 1263-1288.
  4. Theresia Gunawan & Jojo Jacob & Geert Duysters, 2013. "Entrepreneurial Orientation and Network Ties: Innovative Performance of SMEs in an Emerging-Economy Manufacturing Cluster," Working Papers 2013/28, Maastricht School of Management.

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