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Global Spaces for Local Entrepreneurship: Stretching clusters through networks and international trade fairs
Växjö universitet, Ekonomihögskolan, EHV.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9248-3705
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)Text
Abstract [en]

Many of the insightful writings on clusters identify the role of entrepreneurs as key agents in the formation of firms and clusters. This thesis argues instead that local entrepreneurship is not ceased once firms and clusters are established; local entrepreneurship is about the continuous (re)creation of both businesses and clusters in global spaces. Global spaces for local entrepreneurship emphasises how firms collectively become an agent of continuous renewal. Firms enact an organising context materialising in networks that stretch relations and collaborations according to the issues being dealt with. These networks are localised but are extended beyond the geographical boundaries of clusters. One important example of this, which is in focus in this doctoral thesis, is that firms operating in clusters often interact with actors whom they have met at international trade fairs (ITFs). ITFs are those attractive events that individuals, firms and institutions attend temporarily to exhibit and trade products in foreign and national markets.

This thesis is based on the work contained in a cover and five papers. Each paper contributes to the research objective and questions brought forward in the thesis cover. The empirical evidence has been mostly drawn from several case studies conducted in the Lammhult cluster in Sweden. The findings show that firms build their organising contexts in order to stretch the reach and accessibility to local and non-local actors; they jointly co-create potential opportunities. The organising contexts are mapped in networks using three proximity orders. The empirical findings report three types of situations in which there is a potential opportunity for continuous renewal. By emphasising the opportunities that can be originated when a business is not realised or when a new or improved product or process has not been generated yet, this thesis aims to stimulate a theoretical reappraisal of global spaces for local entrepreneurship. With the conceptual development of global spaces for local entrepreneurship, we put forward the idea that such spaces enhance an ability to renew firms and clusters. The underlying reason is that local entrepreneurship is centered on the social interaction between individuals, firms and/or institutions; it materialises in intended and unintended dialogical situations when there is a commitment to the continuous renewal of firms and clusters. Such dialogical situations carry with them an opportunity for co-creating new businesses, new products and new processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Växjö University Press , 2007. , 249 p.
Acta Wexionensia, ISSN 1404-4307
Keyword [en]
clusters, international trade fairs, proximity, networks, organising contexts
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29722ISBN: 978-91-7636-577-9OAI: diva2:917613
Public defence
2007-12-14, Sal Weber, K Huset, 10:15
Available from: 2016-04-07 Created: 2016-04-07 Last updated: 2016-04-07Bibliographically approved

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