Network Structural Properties for Cluster Long Run Dynamics. Evidence from Collaborative R&D Networks in the European Mobile Phone Industry

24 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2013

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Joan Crespo

University of Toulouse 1

Raphaël Suire

University of Nantes - LEMNA

Jerome Vicente

LEREPS Sciences Po Toulouse, University of Toulouse

Date Written: November 17, 2013

Abstract

In a recent literature, the structural properties of knowledge networks have been pointed out as a critical factor for cluster structural changes and long run dynamics. Mixing evolutionary economic geography and network-based approach of clusters, this contribution aims at capturing and discussing the particular influence of hierarchy (degree distribution) and assortativity (degree correlation) in the innovative capabilities of clusters along the industry life cycle. We test our propositions in the field of the mobile phone industry in Europe from 1988 to 2008. We use EPO PATSTAT and OECD REGPAT to capture cluster trends, and R&D relations from European Framework Programs to capture knowledge networks and their evolving structural properties. Our findings provide new insights to understand the organization of clusters over time in order to perform along the industry life cycle.

Keywords: knowledge, networks, assortativity, mobile phone industry, cluster

JEL Classification: D85, L63, O33, R11

Suggested Citation

Crespo, Joan and Suire, Raphael and Vicente, Jerome, Network Structural Properties for Cluster Long Run Dynamics. Evidence from Collaborative R&D Networks in the European Mobile Phone Industry (November 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2355986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2355986

Joan Crespo

University of Toulouse 1 ( email )

Place Anatole France
Toulouse Cedex, F-31042
France

Raphael Suire (Contact Author)

University of Nantes - LEMNA ( email )

Nantes, 44000
France

Jerome Vicente

LEREPS Sciences Po Toulouse, University of Toulouse ( email )

Place Anatole France
Toulouse Cedex, F-31042
France

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