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Cluster initiatives in Australia's tooling industry

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conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by TJ Hall, Ross ChapmanRoss Chapman
Clustering as a form of collaboration has received increased attention in the past decade in academic and business circles. An increasing number of academic disciplines have offered their perspective on clustering and it has also featured more in policy discussion. This paper offers an initial analysis of interview-based cluster research seeking to identify the key drivers and barriers to clustering in Australian manufacturing, in particular in the tooling industry. An outline of the definitions for “cluster” and “network” used in this research is provided along with an overview of the related cluster and collaborations literature. An outline of the industry-based RELINK project from which this research was generated is also provided. Finally an initial thematic analysis from the research is presented with some interesting results being uncovered, in particular, the impact of China and its low cost manufacturing exports was highlighted. Overall, clustering was seen as a concept with a number of advantages, but not necessarily sufficient advantages to overcome the causes of the industry’s widely accepted decline.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Kennedy J; Di Milia V

Start Page

1

End Page

22

Number of Pages

22

Start Date

01/01/2006

Finish Date

01/01/2006

ISBN-10

1921047348

Location

Yeppoon, Qld.

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Lindfield, NSW

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

International conference; University of Western Sydney;

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International conference