The Legitimacy Process that Supports the Formation and Development of Cluster Initiatives: The Case of a Tourism Cluster Initiative in Dalarna
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Today, large public investments are being made with the aim of creating and developing cooperation between businesses in inter-organizational networks. Such initiatives are commonly denoted cluster initiatives and their underlying purpose are to spur innovation and regional growth.
Much research has been conducted in this field, but relatively few studies have examined the process of cluster initiatives. By following the case of a regional cluster project within the tourism industry in the region of Dalarna, Sweden, the objective of this thesis is to deepen the understanding of the formation and development process of cluster initiatives. The investigation has been conducted by examining two main themes; the internal relationships within the cluster initiative and the relationships between the cluster initiative and its external stakeholders, such as funding agencies, regional government and local businesses.
The analysis is based on a legitimacy perspective and indicates that the coordinating body of the cluster initiative, the hub, principally deals with a legitimation process. What occurs within the cluster initiative, between the members themselves and between the members and the hub, is legitimation. This also applies to external relationships, between the hub and its external stakeholders. A prerequisite for the realization of its mission is that the hub obtain and sustain legitimacy; legitimacy for itself, for the other members, for the idea, for the different activities and for the industry as such.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2016. , 47 p.
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2016:31
Research subject Business Administration
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42021ISBN: 978-91-7063-711-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-42021DiVA: diva2:927915
2016-09-08, Clas Ohlson, Högskolan Dalarna, 13:00 (Swedish)
Öberg, Christina, Professor
Enquist, Bo, ProfessorElbe, Jörgen, Docent
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