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Role of Technological Gatekeepers in the Growth of Industrial Clusters: Evidence from Chile

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Giuliani E. Role of technological gatekeepers in the growth of industrial clusters: evidence from Chile, Regional Studies . Industrial clusters are often associated with innovative success. However, there is very little research on what types of organizational models apply to clusters as they grow. This paper uses longitudinal micro-level data for a wine cluster in Chile. It shows that the most advanced firms in the cluster behave as technological gatekeepers -- that is, they acquire knowledge outside cluster boundaries and contribute to diffusing knowledge to other local firms -- and do so persistently over time. The results are explained by combining three theoretical perspectives: evolutionary economics theory; business studies on communities of practice and knowledge workers' know-how trade; and embeddedness theory.

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  • Elisa Giuliani, 2011. "Role of Technological Gatekeepers in the Growth of Industrial Clusters: Evidence from Chile," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(10), pages 1329-1348, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:45:y:2011:i:10:p:1329-1348
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2011.619973
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