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Knowledge in the air and cooperation between firms: Traditions of secrecy and the reluctant emergence of specialization in the ceramic manufacturing district of Lampang, Thailand

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  • Weeranan Kamnungwut

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  • Frederick Guy

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In the study of industrial clusters, the relative importance, and possible interrelationship, of inter-firm cooperation in production and broad knowledge transfers (both unintentional spillovers and intentional sharing) have long been disputed. To shed light on this we study ceramic tableware manufacturers in the city of Lampang, Thailand. Data consist of face-to-face interviews with principals in thirty-four manufacturers, and with representatives of supporting institutions. We find that an unwillingness to share knowledge with potential competitors retards the development of specialization in production; the outcome of efforts by various government actors and some manufacturers to change this situation is uncertain.

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  • Weeranan Kamnungwut & Frederick Guy, 2011. "Knowledge in the air and cooperation between firms: Traditions of secrecy and the reluctant emergence of specialization in the ceramic manufacturing district of Lampang, Thailand," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1108, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised May 2011.
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    Keywords

    ceramic manufacturing; knowledge; Lampang; networks; secrecy; Thailand;

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    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation

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