Epistemic communities and cluster dynamics: On the role of knowledge in industrial districts

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    Abstract

    This paper questions the prevailing notions that firms within industrial clusters have privi-leged access to `tacit knowledge' that is unavailable - or available only at high cost - to firms located elsewhere, and that such access provides competitive advantages that help to explain the growth and development of both firms and regions. It outlines a model of cluster dynam-ics emphasizing two mutually interdependent processes: the concentration of specialized and complementary epistemic communities, on the one hand, and entrepreneurship and a high rate of new firm formation on the other.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
    Number of pages34
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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