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Strategic networks for increased regional competitiveness: Two Swedish cases
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Competitiveness Review: an international business journal, ISSN 1059-5422, E-ISSN 2051-3143, Vol. 20, no 2, 152-165 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - Clusters and networks have become cornerstones of regional development efforts. This paper discusses the ability of regional strategic networks (RSN) to bring about cluster effects and how structural factors will affect performance of RSNs. Design/methodology/approach - The paper compares structural aspects of prosperous clusters, as identified in cluster theory, with characteristics of RSNs. A theoretical discussion is supplemented with a study of two Swedish cases with structurally different settings. Findings - It is found that membership in a RSN may increase the competitiveness of individual firms and thereby also have a positive impact on regional competitiveness. However, a RSN cannot fully reproduce or create cluster conditions. The main outcome in the cases concerned visibility aspects of firm membership. Practical implications - Network initiators and coordinators will benefit from awareness of implications for outcomes caused by the member composition of RSNs. Originality/value - By analyzing and comparing cluster characteristics with characteristics of RSNs, this paper develops these concepts and analyzes the influence of member composition on expected membership outcomes in RSNs. 

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2010. Vol. 20, no 2, 152-165 p.
Keyword [en]
Cluster analysis, Competitive strategy, Regional development, Strategic management, Sweden
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-28951DOI: 10.1108/10595421011029866Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84857175757OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-28951DiVA: diva2:974684
Available from: 2016-09-27 Created: 2016-09-27 Last updated: 2016-10-05Bibliographically approved

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