The role of technological gatekeepers in the growth of industrial clusters: evidence from Chile

Giuliani, Elisa (2011) The role of technological gatekeepers in the growth of industrial clusters: evidence from Chile. Regional Studies, 45 (10). pp. 1329-1348. ISSN 1360-0591

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Abstract

Industrial clusters are often associated with innovative success. However, there is very little research on what types of organizational models apply to clusters as they grow. This paper uses longitudinal micro-level data for a wine cluster in Chile. It shows that the most advanced firms in the cluster behave as technological gatekeepers – that is, they acquire knowledge outside cluster boundaries and contribute to diffusing knowledge to other local firms – and do so persistently over time. The results are explained by combining three theoretical perspectives: evolutionary economics theory; business studies on communities of practice and knowledge workers' know-how trade; and embeddedness theory

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Cluster Life Cycles
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 09:47
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2013 09:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19160
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