Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2008/21: Upgrading in Asian clusters: Rethinking the importance of interactive-learning

Cristina Chaminade () and Jan Vang ()
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Cristina Chaminade: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: 117, Sölvegatan 16, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Jan Vang: Copenhagen Institute of Technology, Aalborg University., Postal: Institut 6 - Medieteknologi og Ingeniørvidenskab, Lautrupvang 15, 2750 Ballerup, Denmark

Abstract: This paper is concerned with unpacking the role of clusters in supporting the move from competing on low-costs to competing on innovation in the global value chain; special attention is paid to clustered SMEs. By comparing 4 clusters in different industries in Asia, we highlight significant differences in the learning paths of clustered SMEs. The paper contributes to current discussion on upgrading in clusters in developing countries by a) providing an explanation on how localized interactive learning and thus clustering relates to upgrading b) discussing under which conditions upgrading requires interactive learning and c) identifying the linkages between particular types of interactive learning and different upgrading strategies

Keywords: Clusters; upgrading; interactive learning; Asia; Indonesia; Thailand; India; Taiwan

JEL-codes: O30

34 pages, December 1, 2008

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