Business Networks in Clusters and Industrial Districts: The Governance of the Global Value Chain

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Fiorenza Belussi, Alessia Sammarra
Routledge, Sep 10, 2009 - Business & Economics - 418 pages

During the 1980s the Marshallian concept of industrial district (ID) became widely popular due to the resurgence of interest in the reasons that make the agglomeration of specialised industries a territorial phenomenon worth being analysed. The analysis of clusters and IDs has often been limited, considering only the local dimension of the created business networks. The external links of these systems have been systematically under-evaluated.

This book offers a deep insight into the evolution of these systems and the internal-external mechanism of knowledge circulation and learning. This means that the access to external knowledge (information or R&D cooperative research) or to productive networks (global supply chains) is studied in order to describe how external knowledge is absorbed and how local clusters or districts become global systems. It provides a unified approach; showing that existing capabilities expand when locally embedded knowledge is combined with accessible external knowledge. In this view, external knowledge linkages reduce the danger of cognitive ‘lock-in’ and ‘over-embeddedness’, which may become important obstacles to local learning and innovation when technological trajectories and global economic conditions change. A selection of international experts


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the experience
The business model of industrial districts and clusters between
Localized and distance learning in industrial districts
the impact
the case
heterogeneous districts in
learning and innovation in local
Industrial clusters in the Brazilian ceramic tile industry and the
The institutional design of clusters in the Greater Paris Region
The development of localglobal linkages in the biotech districts
Two sides of the same coin? Local and global knowledge flows

the case
the inverse
the making of the cluster of Timişoara

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Fiorenza Belussi is Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Organization at the University of Padua, Italy.

Alessia Sammarra is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Organization at the Faculty of Economics, University of L’Aquila, Italy.

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