Explaining ICT Infrastructure and E-Commerce Uses and Benefits in Industrial Clusters-Evidence from a Biotech Cluster

Ada Scupola, Charles Steinfield

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    The literature on Industrial Clusters has not focused heavely on the role of the ICT infrastructure, nor on the potentail implications of electronic commerce. In this paper, we examine the theoretical bases for bringing these research streams together, and develop expectations for how firms in an industrial cluster might utilize and derive benefit from a public, broadband ICT infrastructure, particularly in support of e-commerce applications. A case study of a successful biotech cluster in Denamrk and Sweden-The Medicon Valley-provides a preliminary test of these expectations. Distinctions in uses and benefits based upon firm size are considered. A key finding is that small firms that would not otherwise be expected to gain from global e-commerce can rely on the cluster "brand" to enable trade with unknown and distant partners.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
    EditorsR. Sprague, (Jr.)
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
    Publication date2006
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event39th Hawaii Conference on System Sciences - Hawai, United States
    Duration: 4 Jan 20067 Jan 2006
    Conference number: 39th


    Conference39th Hawaii Conference on System Sciences
    Country/TerritoryUnited States

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