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Cluster Evolution, the Transformation of Old Industrial Regions and the Steel Industry Supply Chain in North East England


  • David Sadler


Sadler D. (2004) Cluster evolution, the transformation of old industrial regions and the steel industry supply chain in North East England, Reg. Studies 38, 55-66. This paper reports on research carried out in response to the decline of the steel industry in North East England. Drawing on survey evidence, it maps out the consequences of contraction for the industry's regional supply chain. The issues confronting engineering firms are explored in particular detail. The changing fortunes of the steel industry supply chain are interpreted in terms of the industrial cluster discourse. It is argued that an effective regional cluster policy needs to identify clusters on a number of variables, including knowledge flows, and should recognize the significance of dynamic cluster evolution.

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  • David Sadler, 2004. "Cluster Evolution, the Transformation of Old Industrial Regions and the Steel Industry Supply Chain in North East England," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(1), pages 55-66.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:38:y:2004:i:1:p:55-66
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400310001632253

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    1. Alex Burfitt & Stewart Macneill, 2008. "The Challenges of Pursuing Cluster Policy in the Congested State," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 32(2), pages 492-505, June.
    2. David Bailey & Stewart MacNeill, 2008. "The Rover Task Force: A case study in proactive and reactive policy intervention?," Regional Science Policy & Practice, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 1(1), pages 109-124, November.
    3. Philip Amison & David Bailey, 2013. "Industrial diversity and innovation spillovers: dynamic innovation and adoption," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 45, WWWforEurope.
    4. Toni Ahlqvist, 2014. "Building Innovation Excellence of World Class: The Cluster as an Instrument of Spatial Governance in the European Union," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(5), pages 1712-1731, September.
    5. Zhou, Kaile & Yang, Shanlin, 2016. "Emission reduction of China׳s steel industry: Progress and challenges," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 319-327.


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