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The dynamics of technical and business knowledge networks in industrial clusters : Embeddedness, status, or proximity?

Balland, Pierre Alexandre LU ; Belso-Martínez, José Antonio and Morrison, Andrea (2016) In Economic Geography 92(1). p.35-60
Abstract

Although informal knowledge networks have often been regarded as a key ingredient behind the success of industrial clusters, the forces that shape their structure and dynamics remain largely unknown. Drawing on recent network dynamic models, we analyze the evolution of business and technical knowledge networks within a toy cluster in Spain. Empirical results suggest that the dynamics of the two networks differ to a large extent. We find that status drives the formation of business knowledge networks, proximity is more crucial for technical knowledge networks, while embeddedness plays an equally important role in the dynamics of both networks.

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Industrial clusters, Knowledge networks, Network dynamics, Spain, Toy industry
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Economic Geography
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92
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1
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26 pages
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Economic Geography
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  • scopus:84982732802
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0013-0095
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10.1080/00130095.2015.1094370
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English
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  author       = {Balland, Pierre Alexandre and Belso-Martínez, José Antonio and Morrison, Andrea},
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  number       = {1},
  pages        = {35--60},
  publisher    = {Economic Geography},
  series       = {Economic Geography},
  title        = {The dynamics of technical and business knowledge networks in industrial clusters : Embeddedness, status, or proximity?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00130095.2015.1094370},
  volume       = {92},
  year         = {2016},
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