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Intermediaries and capability building: Evidence from an emerging natural resource cluster

Intermediaries and capability building: Evidence from an emerging natural resource cluster

Clarke, Ian and Ramirez, Matias (2010) Intermediaries and capability building: Evidence from an emerging natural resource cluster. In: Globelics 2010: 8th International Conference - Making Innovation Work for Society: Linking, Leveraging and Learning, 1-3 Nov 2010, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Abstract

This paper evaluates and analyses the role played by “knowledge intermediaries” in consolidating the position of emerging resource-based clusters in export markets and value chains. Through a new typology, we will argue that knowledge intermediaries act not only to facilitate the transfer and diffusion of knowledge into and within clusters, but that their scope of activities extends into far more strategic activities associated with accessing, diffusing, coordinating and enabling knowledge activities. Through a new typology, we argue that this enhanced role emerges in part because of the low level of capabilities of indigenous firms in emerging clusters. However, other factors, including the increasingly important role of coordination of joint investment initiatives and dissemination of external knowledge make a specialised division of labour in “knowledge intermediation” more central in the development of emerging clusters than has until now been recognized.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] This paper was peer-reviewed and accepted for presentation at the Globelics 8th International Conference 'Making Innovation Work for Society: Linking, Leveraging and Learning,' held 1-3 November 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [2] Paper 197 - Parallel Session 5, 3 November 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: intermediary organisations, natural resources
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:23
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9537

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