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Title: Building Regional Competencies
The Industrial Enzymes Industry
Author: Norus, Jesper
Abstract: This paper analyzes the foundations of regional knowledge and its long-term impact on the region’s companies’ and how a particular knowledge has developed an ability to stay competitive within a specific technological field. The case illustrates how the Copenhagen region has been able to develop a dominating position in the global market for industrial enzymes from 1870-2004. The case of industrial enzymes shows how a region has been able to build sustainable competitive advantages from its distinctive competencies. This is done through a mixture of outsourcing and in sourcing of competencies, knowledge and technologies from other regions in a ramified set of interacting networks. The key personnel within the regions firms are deliberately allowed to engage in the formations of these non-disclosure network activities so that professional knowledge communities has been established across regional boundaries and thereby formed the basis for globalization of the knowledge and the markets for industrial enzymes. Last but not least the paper demonstrates how the region’s major firm, Novozymes, the world-leading manufacturer of industrial enzymes, even before the term virtual organization came into fashion, positioned itself as an interactive partner in the center of a globalized system of academic institutions, customers and clients.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6770
Date: 2005-01-14

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