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Current thinking on cluster theory and its translation in economic geography and strategic and operations management: Is a reconciliation possible?

Reinaldo Belickas Manzini (Departamento de Administração da Produção e Operações Industriais, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (FGV/EAESP), Rua Itapeva, São Paulo, Brazil)
Luiz Carlos Di Serio (Departamento de Administração da Produção e Operações Industriais, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (FGV/EAESP), Rua Itapeva, São Paulo, Brazil)

Competitiveness Review

ISSN: 1059-5422

Article publication date: 17 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper offers an approach for outlining the main dimensions surrounding clusters in three areas of knowledge: economic geography, strategic management and operations management, the first being considered its natural field of knowledge.

Design/methodology/approach

The work was developed using the citation analysis technique as applied to a database of 627 articles and 22,980 citations, taken from 15 important journals in the areas selected.

Findings

The results proved that the theoretical and conceptual bases are unique to each of the areas studied and that they have few topics in common between them. They are complementary, however, and this facilitates their reconciliation.

Research limitations/implications

The sample base, despite considering fairly influential periodicals in the areas of knowledge selected, can be considered to be a limitation.

Originality/value

Common themes and different areas of knowledge surrounding the cluster concept were identified; despite being considered “common”, a more detailed examination of their content reveals very different, but certainly complementary emphases, which makes it possible to reconcile the areas of knowledge.

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Citation

Manzini, R.B. and Di Serio, L.C. (2017), "Current thinking on cluster theory and its translation in economic geography and strategic and operations management: Is a reconciliation possible?", Competitiveness Review, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 366-389. https://doi.org/10.1108/CR-11-2015-0088

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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