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; Albors Garrigós, José; De Miguel, Blanca y 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.

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Título: The role of a firm's absorptive capacity and the technology transfer process in clusters: How effective are technology centres in low-tech clusters?
Autor/es:
  • Hervas Oliver, Jose Luis
  • Albors Garrigós, José
  • De Miguel, Blanca
  • Hidalgo Nuchera, Antonio
Tipo de Documento: Artículo
Título de Revista/Publicación: Entrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal
Fecha: Julio 2012
Volumen: 24
Materias:
Palabras Clave Informales: Clusters, absorptive capacity, technology centres, industrial research institutes, SMEs
Escuela: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Departamento: Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y Estadística
Licencias Creative Commons: Reconocimiento - Sin obra derivada - No comercial

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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.

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Identificador DC: http://oa.upm.es/15701/
Identificador OAI: oai:oa.upm.es:15701
Identificador DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2012.710256
URL Oficial: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08985626.2012.710256#.UtV3g_TuIpJ
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