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Co-development and composite clusters--the secular strength of Nordic telecommunications

  • Christian Berggren
  • Staffan Laestadius
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    During the 1980s and 1990s Finland and Sweden were on the international frontier in telecommunications, pioneering the first-generation cellular system and leading in the development of the second generation. This strength in telecommunications has developed under various regulatory regimes in a complex industrial history, going back to the nineteenth century. To account for this Fenno-Swedish telecom trajectory, the article starts out with Porter's model of industrial competitiveness and theories of public procurement, and then focus the attention and analysis in two directions: (i) the historical role of advanced, research-intensive users and competitive public--private development pairs; and (ii) the emergence and significance of a composite binational clusters and their local agglomerations in the accelerated industry growth in the 1990s. Copyright 2003, Oxford University Press.

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    Volume (Year): 12 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 91-114

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:12:y:2003:i:1:p:91-114
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