The Use of Cluster Resources: A Dynamic Capabilities Approach

Cardeal, N., Abecassis-Moedas, C., António, N. (2012): The use of cluster resources: A dynamic capabilities approach. Global Economics and Management Review. XVII(Special 2012):31-54.

24 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2013

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Nuno Cardeal

Catolica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics

Celine Abecassis‐Moedas

Catolica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics

Nelson Santos Antonio

University Institute of Lisbon (IUL) - CIES-IUL, ISCTE (Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology)

Date Written: September 31, 2012

Abstract

The cluster literature acknowledges the existence of resources that are shared by firms in the same cluster. The literature on dynamic capabilities argues that in the context of capability development, firms need to develop different business models and to define their firm boundaries in complementary ways. We use a multiple case study approach to analyze how three small and medium sized firms (Portuguese footwear manufacturers) belonging to the same cluster, but with different business models, exploit cluster resources. We find that the same resources are not used in the same way or for the same purpose. Our inductive investigation leads to two propositions: non-strategic shared resources are used by cluster firms in similar ways, and for the same objectives; strategic resources, which relate to the firms’ business models, are used by each firm differently and for different purposes.

Keywords: Strategic Management, Dynamic Capabilities, Clusters

JEL Classification: M10

Suggested Citation

Cardeal, Nuno and Abecassis‐Moedas, Celine and Antonio, Nelson Santos, The Use of Cluster Resources: A Dynamic Capabilities Approach (September 31, 2012). Cardeal, N., Abecassis-Moedas, C., António, N. (2012): The use of cluster resources: A dynamic capabilities approach. Global Economics and Management Review. XVII(Special 2012):31-54.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2347981

Nuno Cardeal (Contact Author)

Catolica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics ( email )

Palma de Cima
Lisboa, Lisboa 1649-023
Portugal

Celine Abecassis‐Moedas

Catolica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics ( email )

Palma de Cima
Lisbon, Lisboa 1649-023
Portugal

Nelson Santos Antonio

University Institute of Lisbon (IUL) - CIES-IUL, ISCTE (Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology) ( email )

Av. das Forças Armadas
Av. Professor Anibal Bettencourt
Lisbon, 1649-026
Portugal

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