The role of a firm's absorptive capacity and the technology transfer process in clusters: How effective are technology centres in low-tech clusters?

Hervas Oliver, Jose Luis and Albors Garrigós, José and De Miguel, Blanca and Hidalgo Nuchera, Antonio (2012). The role of a firm's absorptive capacity and the technology transfer process in clusters: How effective are technology centres in low-tech clusters?. "Entrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal", v. 24 (n. 7-8); pp. 523-559. ISSN 0898-5626. https://doi.org/10.1080/08985626.2012.710256.

Description

Title: The role of a firm's absorptive capacity and the technology transfer process in clusters: How effective are technology centres in low-tech clusters?
Author/s:
  • Hervas Oliver, Jose Luis
  • Albors Garrigós, José
  • De Miguel, Blanca
  • Hidalgo Nuchera, Antonio
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Entrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal
Date: July 2012
ISSN: 0898-5626
Volume: 24
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Clusters, absorptive capacity, technology centres, industrial research institutes, SMEs
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y Estadística
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

Full text

[img]
Preview
PDF - Requires a PDF viewer, such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (1MB) | Preview

Abstract

This paper analyses how the internal resources of small- and medium-sized enterprises determine access (learning processes) to technology centres (TCs) or industrial research institutes (innovation infrastructure) in traditional low-tech clusters. These interactions basically represent traded (market-based) transactions, which constitute important sources of knowledge in clusters. The paper addresses the role of TCs in low-tech clusters, and uses semi-structured interviews with 80 firms in a manufacturing cluster. The results point out that producer–user interactions are the most frequent; thus, the higher the sector knowledge-intensive base, the more likely the utilization of the available research infrastructure becomes. Conversely, the sectors with less knowledge-intensive structures, i.e. less absorptive capacity (AC), present weak linkages to TCs, as they frequently prefer to interact with suppliers, who act as transceivers of knowledge. Therefore, not all the firms in a cluster can fully exploit the available research infrastructure, and their AC moderates this engagement. In addition, the existence of TCs is not sufficient since the active role of a firm's search strategies to undertake interactions and conduct openness to available sources of knowledge is also needed. The study has implications for policymakers and academia.

More information

Item ID: 15701
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/15701/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:15701
DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2012.710256
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08985626.2012.710256#.UtV3g_TuIpJ
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 14 Jan 2014 17:45
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 15:57
  • Logo InvestigaM (UPM)
  • Logo GEOUP4
  • Logo Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Logo Sherpa/Romeo
    Check whether the anglo-saxon journal in which you have published an article allows you to also publish it under open access.
  • Logo Dulcinea
    Check whether the spanish journal in which you have published an article allows you to also publish it under open access.
  • Logo de Recolecta
  • Logo del Observatorio I+D+i UPM
  • Logo de OpenCourseWare UPM