Temporary Clusters and Knowledge Creation

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Temporary Clusters and Knowledge Creation

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dc.contributor.author Maskell, Peter en_US
dc.contributor.author Bathelt, Harald en_US
dc.contributor.author Malmberg, Anders en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:26:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:26:28Z
dc.date.issued 2004-05-25T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7222
dc.description.abstract Business people and professionals regularly come together at conventions, congresses, conferences, trade fairs and exhibitions. Here, their latest and most advanced findings, inventions and products are revealed and evaluated by peers and competitors, as well as by customers and suppliers. Organising or participating in such events are means to identify the current market frontier, take stock of relative competitive positions and form future plans. These events exhibit many of the characteristics ascribed to permanent clusters, albeit in a temporary, periodic and intensified form. The temporary clusters are hotspots of intense knowledge exchange, network building and idea generation. In investigating the extent and nature of these phenomena, the present paper explores a number of issues. First, it shows that international trade fairs and other professional gatherings are events which enable firms to compare their own products with others which are available to the world market. Comparisons to and interactions with other firms stimulate processes of knowledge creation. Second, it demonstrates how trade fairs are important for firms when selecting partners with whom to develop global pipelines, enabling access to distant markets and technologies. Third, it compares such temporary clusters with permanent territorial hubs within their respective sector or industry. If regular participation in temporary clusters could satisfy a firm’s need to learn through interaction with suppliers, customers, peers and rivals, why is the phenomenon of permanent clustering so pervasive? The answer, it is claimed, lies in the restrictions imposed on economic activity when knowledge and ideas are transformed into valuable products and services. The paper sheds new light on how interaction among firms in current clusters coincides with the configuration of knowledge-intensive pipelines out of the cluster. It examines the procedures selected by firms in developing ideas or gaining access to new knowledge and compares these organisational forms to those chosen when using knowledge for commercial purposes. Keywords: economic geography, knowledge creation, clusters, temporary clusters, trade fairs, conventions, pipelines JEL-codes: D83, L22, O17, O18, R12 en_US
dc.format.extent 38 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPACES Working paper;2004-04 en_US
dc.subject.other kep en_US
dc.title Temporary Clusters and Knowledge Creation en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt04maj25 inrumo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Spaial Aspects Concerning Economic Structures. SPACES en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IVS en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort IVS en_US
dc.idnumber x645152756 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2004 en_US
dc.title.subtitle The Effects of International Trade Fairs, Conventions and Other Professional Gatherings en_US


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