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Industrial cluster development: lessons from the success of the innovative Tasmanian light shipbuilding industry cluster

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Wickham, M (2005) Industrial cluster development: lessons from the success of the innovative Tasmanian light shipbuilding industry cluster. In: Creating an entrepreneurial nation : the role of enterprise and innovation : Enterprise and Innovation Research Conference, 7-8 July 200, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Abstract

Since the inception of Porter’s Industrial Cluster Theory, there has been considerable debate concerning its ability to provide a useful framework for governments in their effort to develop innovative and internationally competitive industry clusters (see Baptista, 1996; Boddy, 2000; Gordon & McCann, 2000; Lyons, 1995; Yla-Anttila, 1994). The theory, whilst powerful at describing why innovative industry clusters came to exist in different regions throughout the world, was quite weak at providing an analytical basis for the identification of entrepreneurial activity worthy of government support. This research analysed the development of one of Australia’s most successful industry clusters, the Tasmanian Light Shipbuilding cluster, and distilled the positive roles that an Australian state government had therein.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: innovation, government, entrepreneurship.
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2010 00:19
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:08
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/9540
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