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Who is a "real" competitor and who is not?: A study of competitive and co-operative dynamics within an emerging Swedish cluster
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2009 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to complement prior research on competitive and cooperative dynamics within regional clusters. Through a longitudinal investigation I observed the role cooperation and competition played when large and small firms, located in a traditionally strong but currently struggling region of Sweden, interacted during the establishment of a new industry cluster. Qualitative data, consisting of interviews and documents, were coded into first-order categories, second-order themes, and overarching dimensions. Literature on institutional entrepreneurship was used as an interpretative framework. Subsequently for small and large firms working together in regional cluster initiatives, in which cooperation is a natural component, this single case study suggests that localised and institutionalised competition play a key role in their successive regional clustering trajectories.

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Seoul, Korea: ICSB, International Council for Small Business , 2009.
Keyword [en]
regional renewal efforts, competition, cooperation, non-profit organisations, industry cluster emergence
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33123OAI: diva2:310172
ICSB World Conference 2009
Available from: 2010-04-13 Created: 2010-04-13 Last updated: 2011-06-23Bibliographically approved

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