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Towards a New Conceptualisation of Clusters

Brown, Kerry A., Burgess, John D., Festing, Marion, Royer, Susanne, Steffen, Charlotte, & Waterhouse, Jennifer M. (2007) Towards a New Conceptualisation of Clusters. In Chapman, Ross (Ed.) Managing Our Intellectual and Social Capital: 21st ANZAM 2007 Conference, 4 - 7 December, Sydney, Australia.

Abstract

Clusters have emerged as an industrial organisational form recognised as having a superior ability than that of single firms operating in isolation to foster national economic development and growth. However, there is little agreement about the way to define industry clusters and a lack of consensus regarding the determinants of cluster formation and operation and, the analysis of clusters. This paper begins by marshalling the different definitional approaches of clusters to produce new thinking about these entities. It examines the definitional concepts together with the identified elements and features of clusters as outlined in the literature to develop an alternative cluster classification and a new framework for analysing clusters. The paper concludes that the notion of a value adding web establishes a new way of conceptualising clusters and suggests that the resource-based view of the firm together with dynamic capabilities view provide a productive means of analysing the competitive advantage of clusters.

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ID Code: 11222
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference website (see hypertext link) or contact the authors.
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Keywords: Clusters, Competitive Advantage, Value Adding
ISBN: 1863081402
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult authors)
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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