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Innovation through Long-distance Conversations? Lessons from Offshoring-based Software Clusters in Bangalore

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  • Aya Okada

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    This paper is aganist the popular assertion regarding the links between innovation and clustering and it is found that the main sources of knowledge transfer and innovation among key firms in Bangalore’s software cluster are their external linkages outside the cluster rather than face-to-face interactions between firms within the cluster. Moreover, the rich pool of skilled labor, made available through clustering has played an important role in facilitating learning, that is, diffusing the knowledge brought in by foreign networks.

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    Paper provided by eSocialSciences in its series Working Papers with number id:2300.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2009
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    Keywords: innovation; clustering; transfer; Bangalore; software; cluster; linkages; labor; skilled labour; foreign; knowledge; firms; knowledge; economies of scale; economy; information; human resources; competitive environment; biotechnology; India;

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    1. Breschi, Stefano & Malerba, Franco, 2001. "The Geography of Innovation and Economic Clustering: Some Introductory Notes," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 10(4), pages 817-33, December.
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