Network dynamics in regional clusters: The perspective of an emerging economy
AbstractRegional clusters are spatial agglomerations of firms operating in the same or connected industries, which enable innovation and economic performance for firms. A wealth of empirical literature shows that one of key elements of the success of regional clusters is that they facilitate the formation of local inter-organizational networks, which act as conduits of knowledge and innovation. While most studies analyze the benefits and characteristics of regional cluster networks and focus on advanced economies and high tech Ôhot spotsÕ, this paper advances with the existing literature by analyzing network dynamics and taking an emerging economyÕs perspective. Using longitudinal data of a wine cluster in Chile and stochastic actor-oriented models for network dynamics, this paper examines what micro-level effects influence the formation of new knowledge ties among wineries. It finds that the coexistence of cohesion effects (reciprocity and transitivity) and the presence of inter-firm knowledge base heterogeneity contribute to the stability of an informal hierarchical network structure over time. Empirical results have interesting implications for cluster competitiveness and network studies, and for the burgeoning literature on corporate behavior in emerging economies.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 1014.
Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
Date of revision: Oct 2010
Regional clusters; knowledge networks; network dynamics; wine industry; Chile;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-11-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2010-11-20 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-GEO-2010-11-20 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-KNM-2010-11-20 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-NET-2010-11-20 (Network Economics)
- NEP-SBM-2010-11-20 (Small Business Management)
- NEP-URE-2010-11-20 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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