Supplier search in industrial clusters: Sheffield metal working in the 1990s

H. Doug Watts, Andrew M. Wood, Perry Wardle

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The typical industrial cluster tends to be seen as a cohesive and harmonious community of firms working together, albeit within a wider competitive context. Within such spatial clusters we might anticipate high levels of personal interaction between the owners/managers of firms, which might, in turn, have a bearing on intra-cluster trading patterns. As Grabher (1993, p. 4) observes, ‘social influences [can act] as contextual factors that support economic behaviour’. In addition to support from local organizations and institutions, a firm embedded in the socioeconomic milieu of a particular cluster might well gain from ‘the presence of an intricate [personal] network of mainly informal contacts of local actors (…) made up of personal face-to-face encounters, casual information flows, customer-supplier co-operation and the like’ (Camagni 1991, p. 133).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProximity, Distance and Diversity
Subtitle of host publicationIssues on Economic Interaction and Local Development
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781351908030
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© Arnoud Lagendijk and Päivi Oinas 2005.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)


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