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The Dynamics of Technical and Business Networks in Industrial Clusters: Embeddedness, status or proximity?

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  • Pierre-Alexandre Balland
  • José Antonio Belso-Martínez
  • Andrea Morrison

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Although informal knowledge networks have often been regarded as a key ingredient behind the success of industrial clusters, the forces that shape their structure and dynamics remain largely unknown. Drawing on recent network dynamic models, we analyze the evolution of business and technical informal networks within a toy cluster in Spain. Empirical results suggest that the dynamics of the two networks differ to a large extent. We find that status drives the formation of business networks, proximity is more crucial for technical networks, while embeddedness plays an equally important role in the dynamics of business and technical networks.

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Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 1412.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2014
Date of revision: Apr 2014
Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1412

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Keywords: Knowledge networks; industrial clusters; network dynamics; toy industry;

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