Clusters as vehicles for entrepreneurial innovation and new idea generation : a critical assessment
AbstractRecent theorizing in cluster literature emphasizes the importance of inter-cluster knowledge linkages in addition to local knowledge dynamics, enabling new and innovative ideas to flow from one cluster to the other. This paper contributes to this topic by studying inter-cluster knowledge linkages at an individual level of analysis, making use of qualitative social network measures. Central to this case is the Amsterdam New Media-cluster, with a special focus on entrepreneurs engaging in lively inter-cluster exchange of knowledge and debate, resulting in the exchange of new visions and ideas across cluster boundaries. The results reported in this paper provide us with an opportunity to discuss cluster boundaries as a social construction, especially in relation to the knowledge- based view of clusters.
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inter-cluster knowledge linkages; entrepreneurship; Amsterdam New Media-cluster; Social networks;
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- NEP-ALL-2008-11-18 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2008-11-18 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-ENT-2008-11-18 (Entrepreneurship)
- NEP-GEO-2008-11-18 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-KNM-2008-11-18 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-NET-2008-11-18 (Network Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2008-11-18 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2008-11-18 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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