Emergence of Regional Manufacturing Networks: An Empirical Study Conducted within the NRW German Automotive Supplier Cluster

Joana Geraldi

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Abstract

The success of regional networks of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) (or industrial clusters), such as Silicon Valley or industrial districts in Italy, have opened the eyes of both governments and industrialists for this new type of business structure, which is believed to drive towards a significant improvement of competitive advantages, (Soderquist, 1996 apud Mile´ Terziovski, 2003). Thus, many initiatives have been ventured, by both private and public parties, in an attempt to enhance network emergences.

The aim of this paper is to analyse the emergence of automotive supplier clusters using the approach of complexity theory. These analyses will be based on the specific case of a governmental initiative, named VIA NRW, of the state of Northrhine Westphalia (NRW), Germany.

Firstly, a brief introduction to complexity theory is given, rounded up by its links with network concepts. Subsequently, the phenomenon of emergence of networks will be discussed. Passive and active agents of the latter process will be explored in general and then in the specific case of VIA NRW mentioned above. Next, the results of this programme will be analysed within the scope of network formation and the emergence of one cluster will be analysed in depth. Finally, a structure for the emergence of network projects will be proposed, and, alongside this, conclusions and future research areas will be outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2004 Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium Proceedings
Number of pages14
Publication date2004
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event9th Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 2004 → …
Conference number: 9
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Conference

Conference9th Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium
Number9
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period09/09/2004 → …
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