Paper info: Do Inter-firm Cooperation and Social Networks Change Over Time in Regional Clusters?
Do Inter-firm Cooperation and Social Networks Change Over Time in Regional Clusters?
Place of Publication
The paper was published at the 25th IMP-conference in Marseille, France in 2009.
An extensive amount of research deals with clusters and industrial districts, however only limited studies explored differences in same clusters over time. Schutjens and Stam (2003) called for more detailed research on variations in business networks and in particular its dynamics over time. Thereafter, the purpose of this study is to compare different dimensions and changes of inter-firm cooperation and social networks in a single cluster over a four year period. Main findings of this study show that in some dimensions, such as cooperation in market research & intelligence, cooperation in joint product development and attracting new customers, the more mature cluster tends to have more inter-firm cooperation. However in other dimensions, such as joint distribution activities and social networking, competition prevail inter-firm cooperation. We expect this topic to be important for policy makers and practitioners who can have influence on the development and growth of regional clusters.