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Proximities and Logics Underlying Cluster Dynamics: The Case of the Ornamental Horticulture Cluster in Maine-et-Loire

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  • Sylvain Amisse
  • Isabelle Leroux
  • Paul Muller

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While the issue of cluster dynamics has been poorly addressed in the literature, they actually display different levels of adaptability to change and different levels of collaboration. This contribution aims to address this theoretical issue through recourse to the literature on proximity. We analyse the modalities of coordination of organizations within clusters for the creation of localized specific assets. This paper develops the idea that cluster dynamics are governed by two relational logics: a professional and a historic. We show that those logics, each having positive and negative impacts on cluster dynamics, give rise to different ways of mobilizing categories of proximity as well as different ways of articulating them. Our case study shows that a major issue for clusters consists in combining both logics for building enduring competitive assets while staying able to adapt to changing competitive conditions.

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  • Sylvain Amisse & Isabelle Leroux & Paul Muller, 2012. "Proximities and Logics Underlying Cluster Dynamics: The Case of the Ornamental Horticulture Cluster in Maine-et-Loire," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(3), pages 265-283, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:19:y:2012:i:3:p:265-283 DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2012.669614
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    1. Isabelle Leroux & Paul Muller & Béatrice Plottu & Caroline Widehem, 2014. "Evolution of business models in French ?Pôles de compétitivité?: the role of intermediaries in horticultural varietal creation," ERSA conference papers ersa14p693, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Rune Dahl Fitjar & Franz Huber & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2016. "Not too close, not too far: testing the Goldilocks principle of ‘optimal’ distance in innovation networks," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, pages 465-487.
    3. Rune Dahl Fitjar & Franz Huber & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2016. "Not too close, not too far: testing the Goldilocks principle of ‘optimal’ distance in innovation networks," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, pages 465-487.

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