Small and Medium Enterprises in India: Infirmities and Asymmetries in Industrial Clusters

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Routledge, Feb 11, 2013 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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Small and medium enterprises (SME) have attracted increasing interest in the last few years, and industrialization is no longer seen as a linear way of development. This book analyzes how SME clusters emerge in a developing economy. Using India as a case study, it addresses one central question: If growth has largely failed to be inclusive so far, and if employing a work force in increasing returns activities through a different trajectory of industrialization is largely dependent upon industrial clusters of small and medium sized firms, then what are the structural infirmities and asymmetries that need to be taken into account in the context of framing policies related to industrial clusters?

The book identifies the structural infirmities in industrial clusters in India, which could be typical to any of the developing countries and sharply in contrast to European success stories. Blending theory and empirical material, it provides a middle ground between the two extremes of a uniform policy assuming ‘one size fits all’, and a specific policy based on individual cases. The book redraws the broad contours where space and production processes mutually constitute each other, giving rise to outcomes somewhat generic to underdevelopment. It is of interest to academics working in the fields of economics, business administration/ management and development economics.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
contesting themes
14
SSI sector to SME cluster
30
4 Horizontal expansion or fragmentation? A tale of artisanal clusters
42
impediments in institutions and organizations
66
fluid labor and footloose industry
80
global links and local networks
93
Agra a different story
109
myth of creation and diffusion of knowledge
121
explaining selfexploitative fragmentation
141
Epilogue
153
Notes
162
Bibliography
168
Index
176
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Satyaki Roy is at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi, India. He works on issues related to development with special focus on industrialization in developing countries.

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