Counteracting innovative constraints: insights from four case studies of African knowledge-intensive metalworking and automotive clusters – ‘the Akimacs’.

Taura, N., 2014. Counteracting innovative constraints: insights from four case studies of African knowledge-intensive metalworking and automotive clusters – ‘the Akimacs’. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 26 (3-4), 313 - 336 .

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DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2014.904004

Abstract

We respond to repeated calls over the years to further develop cluster theory specifically in an African context. Our contribution is to construct a framework which integrates theories focusing on path dependency, transaction cost economics (efficiency and systemic interdependency models) and regional development (lock in models). Our focus is on the innovativeness of African clusters and constraints on such innovation. Thus, drawing on cluster literature on constraints to innovation coupled with insights from current empirical work within African automotive clusters, we examine the challenges of counteracting the multilevel constraints which hinder innovation in African clusters. We develop a model for counteracting cluster constraints focusing on the impact of variations in innovative frequency, diffusion of innovations, innovative speed and protection of innovation. The model emphasizes the opportunities that arise when new entrant and incumbent firms interact to neutralize constraints at transactional, social, ecological and knowledge levels.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0898-5626
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Business School
ID Code:22995
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:08 Dec 2015 16:57
Last Modified:08 Dec 2015 16:57

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