Connectivity and K-society in Malaysia
24 Pages Posted: 12 May 2020
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
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