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Knowledge in the air and cooperation among firms: traditions of secrecy and the reluctant emergence of specialization in the ceramic manufacturing district of Lampang, Thailand

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  • Weeranan Kamnungwut
  • Frederick Guy

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We study interfirm relations among ceramic tableware manufacturers in the city of Lampang, Thailand. Data consist of face-to-face interviews with the principals of thirty-four manufacturers, and with representatives of supporting institutions. We find that specialization in production and knowledge sharing are complementary; that knowledge sharing is substantially discretionary, rather than taking the form of passive spillovers; and that a weak knowledge base, built on firm-based training within vertically integrated mass producers, constrains the development of flexible specialization, despite the efforts of numerous local and external actors. Keywords: cluster, industrial district, specialization, knowledge transfer, ceramic industry, developing economies

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  • Weeranan Kamnungwut & Frederick Guy, 2012. "Knowledge in the air and cooperation among firms: traditions of secrecy and the reluctant emergence of specialization in the ceramic manufacturing district of Lampang, Thailand," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 44(7), pages 1679-1695, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:44:y:2012:i:7:p:1679-1695
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    1. Andrea Filippetti & Frederick Guy & Simona Iammarino, 2015. "Does training help in times of crisis? Training in employment in Northern and Southern Italy," Working Papers 28, Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research, revised Dec 2015.

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