Social Enterprise

Do Inter-Firm Cooperation And Social Networks Change Over Time In Regional Clusters?

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Executive Summary

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 paper 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 paper 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.

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