Connectivity and K-society in Malaysia

24 Pages Posted: 12 May 2020

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Hans-Dieter Evers

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; University of Bielefeld; University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Date Written: November 27, 2018


Whereas since the 1990s national and regional planners saw the creation of knowledge clusters as a panacea for gaining a competitive advantage to propel a region or country into a higher stage of industrial development, recent research suggests that connectivity (e.g. through broadband penetration or joint research connections with collaborators elsewhere) is one of the enablers for socio-economic development. This paper will draw on the results of studies on knowledge clusters in Southeast Asian countries as well as the relevant current literature to ask the question, whether knowledge clusters really contribute to regional development and if yes, under what circumstances. The paper will also draw on lessons learned from knowledge cluster initiatives in OECD countries and highlight policy options to enhance connectivity in the context of knowledge cluster development.

Keywords: Malaysia, Asia, connectivity, knowledge cluster, regional development

JEL Classification: F00, F10, F63, O02, O04, O14

Suggested Citation

Evers, Hans-Dieter, Connectivity and K-society in Malaysia (November 27, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Hans-Dieter Evers (Contact Author)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ( email )

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University of Bielefeld ( email )

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University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

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