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How Deeply Embedded is Silicon Glen? A Cautionary Note

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  • Philip Mccann

MCCANN P.(1997) How deeply embedded is Silicon Glen? A cautionary note, Reg. Studies 31, 695-703. On the basis of case study and empirical evidence the Scottish electronics industry has been characterized as corresponding more to a simple dependent model of linkage structure than to a developmental model (TUROK, 1993). This paper suggests that the empirical evidence presented does not necessarily support this contention. The picture seems to be rather too complex to be handled by the dichotomy of a dependent and developmental model of linkage structure, which would appear not to be a useful analytical device. The situation in reality contains rather more aspects of a developmental model than has been acknowledged, and the extent to which it does not may be for quite different reasons than such a dichotomous characterization implies. MCCANN P.(1997) Jusqu'a quel point la Silicon Glen estelle emboitee?: un avertissement, Reg. Studies 31, 695-703. A partir d'un cas d'etude et des preuves empiriques, l'industrie de l'electronique en Ecosse a ete vue plutot comme un simple modele de maillage 'dependant' que comme un modele de 'developpement' (TUROK, 1993). Cet article laisse supposer que les preuves empiriques presentees ne viennent pas forcement a l'appui de cette affirmation. La situation semble trop complexe pour etre conduite par une dichotomie de modeles de maillage, soit de 'dependance', soit de 'developpement', ce qui ne servirait pas bien comme un outil analytique. En realite, la situation comporte davantage des caracteristiques d'un modele de developpement que l'on n'a reconnues, et il est possible que la mesure ou elle ne le fait pas s'explique par des facteurs tout a fait differents qu'implique une telle dichotomie. MCCANN P. (1997) Wie fest verwurzelt ist Silicon Glen? Ein Warnruf, Reg. Studies 31, 695-703. Eine Charakterisierung der schottischen Elektronikindustrie auf der Grundlage einer Fallstudie und empirischen Beweismaterials hehauptet, sie entspreche eher einem einfachen abha¨ngigen Modell mit Verknu¨pfungsstruktur als einem Entwicklungs modell (TUROK, 1993). Der vorliegende Aufsatz legt nahe, dass die darin vorgetragenen empirischen Beweise diese Behauptung nicht unbedingt stu¨tzen. Das Bild scheint zu komplex zu sein, um durch die Dichotomie eines Abha¨ngigkeits und eines Entwicklungsmodells mit Verknu¨pfungsstruktur befriedigend behandelt zu werden, das kein nu¨tzliches analystisches Werkzeug hierfu¨r zu sein scheint. In Wirklichkeit weist die Lage doch mehr Aspekte eines Entwicklungsmodells auf als man zugegeben hat, und das Ausmass dieser Tatsache ko¨nnte ganz anderen Umsta¨nden zuzuschreiben sein als solch eine dichotome Charakterisierung unterstellt.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 31 (1997)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 695-703

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Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:31:y:1997:i:7:p:695-703
DOI: 10.1080/00343409750130777
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