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Packard Electric/Delphi and the birth of the autopart cluster: the case of Chihuahua, Mexico

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  • Arturo A. Lara Rivero
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    The purpose of this article is to describe, from a dual perspective, the birth and evolution of the technological cluster located in Chihuahua, Mexico. It reconstructs Packard Electric-Delphi's evolutionary path as a dominant company, alongside the technological trajectory of the wiring harness. I build a taxonomy whose purpose is to distinguish different moments in the harness history. This approach to the harness demands systemic distinctions of a dynamic, quantitative and qualitative nature. The formation of the electrical/electronics cluster of automotive parts located in Chihuahua can be understood in the context of Packard Electric's integration/disintegration dynamics. This regional and international reconstruction process reflects: (1) the accumulation of technological and organizational capabilities inside a firm; (2) technological competition within the sector; (3) the fact that each company follows particular technological learning 'paths' as well as a unique regional technological cluster formation (technological path); and (4) that the integration/disintegration dynamics of firms are difficult and unstable processes, dependent on the difference between internal and external transactional costs. Copyright Joint Editors and Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 785-798

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:ijurrs:v:26:y:2002:i:4:p:785-798
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