Knowledge in the air and cooperation between firms: Traditions of secrecy and the reluctant emergence of specialization in the ceramic manufacturing district of Lampang, Thailand
AbstractIn the study of industrial clusters, the relative importance, and possible interrelationship, of inter-firm cooperation in production and broad knowledge transfers (both unintentional spillovers and intentional sharing) have long been disputed. To shed light on this we study ceramic tableware manufacturers in the city of Lampang, Thailand. Data consist of face-to-face interviews with principals in thirty-four manufacturers, and with representatives of supporting institutions. We find that an unwillingness to share knowledge with potential competitors retards the development of specialization in production; the outcome of efforts by various government actors and some manufacturers to change this situation is uncertain.
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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 1108.
Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
Date of revision: May 2011
ceramic manufacturing; knowledge; Lampang; networks; secrecy; Thailand;
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- D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-05-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2011-05-30 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-HME-2011-05-30 (Heterodox Microeconomics)
- NEP-KNM-2011-05-30 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-SEA-2011-05-30 (South East Asia)
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