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Changing nature and sustainability of the industrial district model : the case of Technic Valley in France


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  • Michel Barabel

    (IRG - Institut de Recherche en Gestion - Université de Paris 12 Val de Marne)

  • Isabelle Huault

    (DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - CNRS : UMR7088 - Université Paris Dauphine - Paris IX)

  • Olivier Meier

    (IRG - Institut de Recherche en Gestion - Université de Paris 12 Val de Marne)


This paper examines the impact of contemporary pressures on industrial districts and analyses the changes that are taking place in an industrial district confronted with disembedding and globalization. We discuss the following questions: what are the processes and consequences of disembedding for the changing shape and form of inter-firm trust, contract and network forms? Is there an evolution in subcontracting and trade interdependency? What is the role of institutional infrastructures? We performed a longitudinal qualitative study using a number of different data sources to analyse the evolution of one French industrial district, particularly how new pressures of internationalization and disembedding work to reconfigure inter-firm relations in this district. While the recent literature is dominated by notions about industrial districts that concern only the trend towards increased competition or disembeddedness, this article shows that there is no unilinear trend. In contrast with the findings of certain recent studies, we argue that economic logic does not fully account for recent developments since the adjustment that are being made by the district are characterized rather by re-embeddedness, increased cooperation and institutionalization.

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Paper provided by HAL in its series Post-Print with number halshs-00150765.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Publication status: Published, Growth and Change, 2007, 38, 4, 595-620
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00150765

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Keywords: industrial district; globalization; economic sociology;

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