IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/cat/dtecon/dt201311.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Best practices of the SME mining suppliers in the Antofagasta region of Chile

Author

Listed:
  • Miguel Atienza

    (IDEAR - ORDHUM - Department of Economics, Universidad Católica del Norte - Chile)

  • Patricio Aroca

    (IDEAR - Department of Economics, Universidad Católica del Norte - Chile)

  • Robert Stimson

    (Australian Urban Research Infraestructure Network. Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne VIC 3010, Australia)

  • Roger Stough

    (George Mason University, School of Public Policy 4400 University Drive, MS6D5 Fairfax, Virginia 22030 USA)

Abstract

In regions whose industrial structure is organized around one or more large firm corporations, the best practices of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) depend on where firms are located in the supply chain. This paper studies 351 SMEs in the Antofagasta Region in Chile between 2007 and 2008, where multinational and public mining companies are the drivers of the local economy and the government is promoting the formation of a mining cluster. Structural equation model (SEM) is used to show that first-tier SME mining suppliers, directly related to large corporations, follow business practices that promote international certification, quality control and investment in innovation, while in contrast second-tier SMEs are more focused on avoiding insolvency and client orientation. These results cast doubt on the formation of a mining cluster in the region and suggest the need for differentiated policies in these two groups of SMEs, especially those related to knowledge transfer.

Suggested Citation

  • Miguel Atienza & Patricio Aroca & Robert Stimson & Roger Stough, 2013. "Best practices of the SME mining suppliers in the Antofagasta region of Chile," Documentos de Trabajo en Economia y Ciencia Regional 42, Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:cat:dtecon:dt201311
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: https://sites.google.com/a/ucn.cl/wpeconomia/archivos/WP2013-11.pdf
    File Function: First version, 2013
    Download Restriction: no
    ---><---

    More about this item

    Keywords

    Spatial concentration; growth; urbanization; development;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • L72 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Other Nonrenewable Resources
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cat:dtecon:dt201311. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: . General contact details of provider: https://edirc.repec.org/data/ieucncl.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no bibliographic references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: Benjamin Jara (email available below). General contact details of provider: https://edirc.repec.org/data/ieucncl.html .

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.