Knowledge systems and technological dynamism in industrial clusters in developing countries.

Bell, Martin and Albu, Michael (1999) Knowledge systems and technological dynamism in industrial clusters in developing countries. World Development, 27. pp. 1715-1734.

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Abstract

Research on industrial clusters in developing countries is increasingly concerned with how their competitiveness evolves and changes over time. This article shows what analytical shifts are needed to unravel the technological underpinnings of clusters' longer-term competitiveness. Building upon an understanding of technological learning in large-scale firms, we stress the need to focus on systems of knowledge accumulation, rather than just production systems. With this in mind, future research should investigate clusters' active capabilities for generating and diffusing knowledge, and their openness to external sources of knowledge. A conceptual framework to guide investigation of these aspects of cluster knowledge-systems is presented.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Martin Bell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:46
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2012 10:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18284
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