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Clusters vs. Networks – a literature based approach towards an integrated concept

Bode, Alexander and Talmon l'Armee, Tobias and Alig, Simon (2010):
Clusters vs. Networks – a literature based approach towards an integrated concept.
In: International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business (IJGSB), Inderscience, pp. 92-110, 4, (1), ISSN 1479-3059,
[Online-Edition: http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=37#ob...],
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Abstract

The cluster concept has steadily increased its importance during the past years – both from practitioners’ and researchers’ perspective. Simultaneously many corporate networks have been established. Researchers from different areas (business management, economics, social and geographical science) are trying to explain both phenomena. As a result of different disciplines’ varying research objects many definitions of clusters exist. Furthermore, the terms cluster and network are often not clearly distinguished. Some authors even merge the terms. Based on a profound literature review, our paper structures the manifold definitions, differentiating between clusters and networks, and provides first practical insights at the case of the Hessenmetall Cluster-Initiative how to integrate the two concepts.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2010
Creators: Bode, Alexander and Talmon l'Armee, Tobias and Alig, Simon
Title: Clusters vs. Networks – a literature based approach towards an integrated concept
Language: English
Abstract:

The cluster concept has steadily increased its importance during the past years – both from practitioners’ and researchers’ perspective. Simultaneously many corporate networks have been established. Researchers from different areas (business management, economics, social and geographical science) are trying to explain both phenomena. As a result of different disciplines’ varying research objects many definitions of clusters exist. Furthermore, the terms cluster and network are often not clearly distinguished. Some authors even merge the terms. Based on a profound literature review, our paper structures the manifold definitions, differentiating between clusters and networks, and provides first practical insights at the case of the Hessenmetall Cluster-Initiative how to integrate the two concepts.

Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business (IJGSB)
Volume: 4
Number: 1
Publisher: Inderscience
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cluster; Network; Cooperation; Organization; Cluster-Management; Porter; Porter Diamond; Social Network; Value Chain; Industrial District; Cluster-Initiative; Social Relationship
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Cluster and Value Chain Management
01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Department of Management and Logistics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 07:04
Official URL: http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=37#ob...
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