Knowledge in the Air and Cooperation among Firms: Traditions of Secrecy and the Reluctant Emergence of Specialization in the Ceramic Manufacturing District of Lampang, Thailand
Weeranan Kamnungwut and
Frederick Guy ()
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Weeranan Kamnungwut: Graduate School, Srinakharinwirot University, 114 Sukhumvit 23 Road, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Environment and Planning A, 2012, vol. 44, issue 7, 1679-1695
We study interfirm relations among ceramic tableware manufacturers in the city of Lampang, Thailand. Data consist of face-to-face interviews with the principals of thirty-four manufacturers, and with representatives of supporting institutions. We find that specialization in production and knowledge sharing are complementary; that knowledge sharing is substantially discretionary, rather than taking the form of passive spillovers; and that a weak knowledge base, built on firm-based training within vertically integrated mass producers, constrains the development of flexible specialization, despite the efforts of numerous local and external actors.
Keywords: cluster; industrial district; specialization; knowledge transfer; ceramic industry; developing economies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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