Co-operative ties and the impact of external factors upon innovations in an industrial district: some insights from the North Staffordshire table and giftware sector

Philip R. Tomlinson, Ian Jackson

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Abstract

Drawing upon a sample of 118 firms, this paper explores the impact of cooperative ties and the role of institutions upon innovation in the UK ceramic table and giftware sector. It is found that locational economies are important for aiding innovation, with firms in the North Staffordshire industrial district holding an inherent advantage vis-à-vis non-district firms. However, while close vertical ties enhance innovation, recent concerns have arisen that horizontal collaboration between district and Asian firms is having a detrimental impact upon innovative capacity within the district. Finally, institutions also appear to play an important role in facilitating the innovation process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-596
Number of pages17
JournalRegional Studies
Volume47
Issue number4
Early online date18 Aug 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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