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Industry Clusters and Irish Indigenous Manufacturing - Limits of the Porter View

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  • Eoin O’Malley

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute)

  • Chris van Egeraat

    (Dublin City University Business School)

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Studies by Porter (1990) and others find that competitive and successful industries usually occur in the form of clusters of industries which are linked together through vertical or horizontal relationships. This paper assesses whether the sectors of Irish indigenous industry which look most competitive and successful form such clusters. We also consider whether the recent growth performance of Irish indigenous industry has been linked to clustering and to the sectors identified as relatively strong. It is concluded that there is only limited or qualified evidence of Porter-type clusters in Irish indigenous industry, and that there is no clear association between the occurrence of such clusters, or established strong sectors, and the growth performance of indigenous manufacturing. We also comment on policy implications.

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  • Eoin O’Malley & Chris van Egeraat, 2000. "Industry Clusters and Irish Indigenous Manufacturing - Limits of the Porter View," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 31(1), pages 55-79.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:31:y:2000:i:1:p:55-79
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    1. O'Malley, Eoin, 1998. "The revival of Irish Indigenous Industry 1987-1997," Quarterly Economic Commentary: Special Articles, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), vol. 1998(2-April).
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    1. Kevin P. Heanue & David Jacobson, 2007. "Embeddedness and innovation in low and medium tech rural enterprises," Working Papers 0702, Rural Economy and Development Programme,Teagasc.
    2. Steiner, Bodo E. & Ali, Jolene, 2009. "Regional Food Clusters and Government Support for Clustering: Evidence for a ‘Dynamic Food Innovation Cluster’ in Alberta, Canada?," Staff Paper Series 99705, University of Alberta, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.
    3. Kevin P. Heanue, 2008. "Measuring Industrial Agglomeration in a Rural Industry: The Case of Irish Furniture Manufacturing," Working Papers 0830, Rural Economy and Development Programme,Teagasc.
    4. Christian Ketels, 2006. "Michael Porter’s Competitiveness Framework—Recent Learnings and New Research Priorities," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 115-136, June.
    5. Morrissey, Karyn & O'Donoghue, Cathal, 2012. "The Potential for an Irish Maritime Transportation Cluster: An Input-Output Analysis," Working Papers 148836, Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit, National University of Ireland, Galway.
    6. Diana Claudia SALA & Madalina Dumitrita MATICIUC & Valentin Partenie MUNTEANU, 2016. "Clusters Influence On Competitiveness. Evidences From European Union Countries," Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 10(1), pages 10-17, November.
    7. Séan Ó Riain, 2004. "State, Competition and Industrial Change in Ireland 1991-1999," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 35(1), pages 27-53.

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