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An ecological perspective on entrepreneurship in industrial districts

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  • Udo Staber

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The model of industrial districts postulates that business foundings are driven by co--operative and competitive processes. These dynamic processes reflect inter--firm learning, operational flexibility, and constant innovation, and are seen as the source of a district's economic vitality. However, empirical studies have usually followed static research designs and investigators have tended to make dynamic inferences from cross--sectional data. In this study, the author draws on organizational ecological theory to test hypotheses concerning temporal variations in the relationship between co--operation, competition, and business founding rates in a textile--clothing district in Germany.

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  • Udo Staber, 1997. "An ecological perspective on entrepreneurship in industrial districts," Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(1), pages 45-64, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:entreg:v:9:y:1997:i:1:p:45-64
    DOI: 10.1080/08985629700000003
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    7. Johannes Glückler, 2010. "The Evolution of a Strategic Alliance Network: Exploring the Case of Stock Photography," Chapters,in: The Handbook of Evolutionary Economic Geography, chapter 14 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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