Evolution and change in industrial clusters : an analysis of Hsinchu and Sophia Antipolis

Parker, Rachel L. (2010) Evolution and change in industrial clusters : an analysis of Hsinchu and Sophia Antipolis. European Urban and Regional Studies, 17(3), pp. 245-260.

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The aim of this paper is to advance understandings of the processes of cluster-building and evolution, or transformative and adaptive change, through the conscious design and reflective activities of private and public actors. A model of transformation is developed which illustrates the importance of actors becoming exposed to new ideas and visions for industrial change by political entrepreneurs and external networks. Further, actors must be guided in their decision-making and action by the new vision, and this requires that they are persuaded of its viability through the provision of test cases and supportive resources and institutions. In order for new ideas to become guiding models, actors must be convinced of their desirability through the portrayal of models as a means of confronting competitive challenges and serving the economic interests of the city/region. Subsequent adaptive change is iterative and reflexive, involving a process of strategic learning amongst key industrial and political actors.

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ID Code: 33195
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Cluster Evolution, Industrial Clusters, Regional Development
DOI: 10.1177/0969776409358244
ISSN: 0969-7764
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2010 21:26
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 09:52

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