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Rejuvenating Nanoclusters With 'Sleeping Anchors': Pre-Adaptation And Life Cycle

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  • Daniela Baglieri

    () (University of Messina)

  • Maria Cristina Cinici

    () (Università degli studi di Catania [Catania])

  • Vincent Mangematin

    () (MTS - Management Technologique et Strategique - Grenoble École de Management (GEM))

Abstract

This article investigates how anchor firms sustain high tech clusters rejuvenation by means of technological pre-adaptation. Based on evidences are drawn from the comparison of the evolution of two nano-electronics clusters, i.e., Grenoble (France) and Catania (Italy) clusters which are sharing the same anchor tenant firm STMicroelectronics. Cluster rejuvenation comes from pre-adaptation of actors (scientific and technological diversity), competition amongst anchor tenant firms, competition and overlap amongst networks and the mobilization of sleeping anchors tenant organizations to renew actors and technologies. As soon as the process of specialization (asset specificity, network specificity, technology speciation) starts, it is important to stimulate pre-adaptation to avoid lock-in of the cluster on one technological trajectory

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  • Daniela Baglieri & Maria Cristina Cinici & Vincent Mangematin, 2012. "Rejuvenating Nanoclusters With 'Sleeping Anchors': Pre-Adaptation And Life Cycle," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-00536195, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:gemptp:hal-00536195
    DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2011.09.003
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    1. Castellacci, Fulvio, 2008. "Innovation and the competitiveness of industries: comparing the mainstream and the evolutionary approaches," MPRA Paper 27523, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    rejuvenation; cluster growth; industry life cycle; anchor tenant firm; pre-adaptation;

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