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TitleNetworks and industrial clusters
Author(s)Vieira, Filipa Dionísio
Romero, Fernando
KeywordsCore competencies
Industrial district
Issue date2008
PublisherInformation Science Reference
Abstract(s)On this case study the aim was to understand the mechanisms for knowledge acquisition and its transformation in innovation performance by eight Portuguese firms of the moulds industrial sector. Emphasis was put on the study of interactions between several external or internal elements of the system. The two main research questions were: 1) If innovation reflects learning (Lundvall, 1992) how do firms learn, how do firms transpose learning and are able to innovate? What are the reasons for the innovative performance of the moulds sector in Portugal? The study resulted in the creation and proposal of an observation model of the moulds sector, relative to the type of relations that exist between the firms and between firms and other institutions, which permits systematization and generalisation in the analysis of the innovative dynamics of this sector. The innovative performance of the sector is also related with several of its intrinsic characteristics. By studying the firms, and the existing interactions, characteristics that are peculiar to the Italian industrial districts were noticed. This sector possesses some strong characteristics of industrial districts that have influenced and conditioned its innovative performance.
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AccessRestricted access (UMinho)
Appears in Collections:CGIT - Livros e capítulos de livros / Books and book chapters
CITEPE - Livros e Capítulos de Livros / Books and Book Chapters

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