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Co-evolution of firms, industries and networks in space

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Wal, Anne L.J. ter; Boschma, Ron

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Abstract The cluster literature suffers from a number of shortcomings: (1) cluster studies tend to relate the performance of cluster firms to their cluster location, without controlling for firm-specific capabilities; (2) cluster studies tend to overemphasize the importance of place and underestimate the role of networks; (3) cluster studies do not address the evolution of clusters. Our aim is to overcome these shortcomings and propose an exploratory theoretical framework that describes how clusters co-evolve with: (1) the industry they adhere to; (2) the (dynamic) capabilities of the firms they contain; and (3) the industry-wide knowledge network they are part of.
Classification Economic and Social Geography; Area Development Planning, Regional Research; Economics
Publication Year 2009
Journal Regional Studies (2009)
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)