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Control by proximity: Evidence from the 'Aerospace Valley' Competitiveness Cluster

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  • Rachel Levy
  • Damien Talbot

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L evy R. and T albot D. Control by proximity: evidence from the 'Aerospace Valley' competitiveness cluster, Regional Studies . This paper is concerned with the links that exist between the control of inter-organizational relationships and effects of proximity. It proposes a theoretical framework that explains how geographical and organizational proximities reinforce formal and informal control mechanisms. This framework is then used to analyse mechanisms of control by proximity in a French aerospace cluster. It is observed that formal and informal control is concentrated in a small number of groups located near the majority of the establishments' members of the cluster. It is also shown that informal control mechanisms require a stronger geographical proximity than formal control mechanisms in order to operate.

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  • Rachel Levy & Damien Talbot, 2015. "Control by proximity: Evidence from the 'Aerospace Valley' Competitiveness Cluster," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(6), pages 955-972, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:49:y:2015:i:6:p:955-972
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2013.840721
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    1. Marie Ferru & Marie-Pierre Bès & Michel Grossetti, 2011. "Measuring social proximity in the geography of innovation," Post-Print halshs-01395667, HAL.
    2. Delio Lucena Piquero & Jerome Vicente, 2017. "The visible hand of cluster policy makers: An analysis of Aerospace Valley (2006-2015) using a place-based network methodology," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1723, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Sep 2017.

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