ECIC Workshop

Pre Conference Workshops: 5th April 2017

Business Clusters Through the Lens of Intellectual Capital

14:30 - 17:30

Presented by Dr. Mariza Tsakalerou, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

The objective of this workshop is to present a modern introduction to the concept of business clusters by focusing on intellectual capital flows across business boundaries. Clusters are typically geographical concentrations of related business firms that are assumed to confer competitive advantages to their members by stimulating innovation and knowledge spillovers in their regions. Business clusters remain at the forefront of regional development based on the presumed advantages of concentrated economic activity by similar firms in the same geographic area. This workshop shifts the focus from geographic proximity to relational proximity by focusing on the production, dissemination and absorption of knowledge in business networks and the resultant flow of information. The move from mere economic agglomeration to leveraging innovation is a major theme of this workshop. In this context, the Wenzhou footwear cluster in China is used as an actual case study of the role of intellectual capital in successful business clusters. The learning outcomes of the workshop include:
  • Basic understanding of the defining characteristics, the competitive advantages and the effective lifecycle of business clusters;
  • Advancing the notion that innovative business clusters are influenced primarily by their relational and not their spatial proximity; and
  • Introducing the premise that the competitive advantage of modern clusters is based on information flows, intellectual capital and knowledge spill overs.
The workshop aims to attract scholars and practitioners on intellectual capital that may have an interest in the field of clusters from a variety of perspectives, and offers a unique platform for exchanging ideas on information flows and innovation management.
Workshop Application details:
The workshop will be held on 5th April 2017 at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal
The attendance fee for each workshop is £30 for those attending ECIC and £60 for those not attending the conference.
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