Knowledge and Information Networks in an Italian Wine Cluster
European and Planning Studies, Vol. 17, No. 7, pp. 983-1006
Posted: 15 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 11, 2010
The aim of this article is to analyse the nature and extent of knowledge and information networks in an Italian wine cluster. Moreover, the relation between firms’ characteristics and the knowledge network structure is also explored. The empirical findings show that knowledge is unevenly distributed in clusters and that networks of knowledge and information differ a great deal in terms of their structure. In fact, knowledge flows are restricted to a tightly connected community of local producers, differing in terms of knowledge assets, innovation behaviour and overall economic performance with respect to the rest of the firms in the cluster.
Keywords: Knowledge, Cluster, Wine Industry
JEL Classification: L66, O31
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