Beyond Apprenticeship: Knowledge Brokers and Sustainability of Apprentice-Based Clusters
AbstractKnowledge learning and diffusion have long been discussed in the literature on the dynamics of industrial clusters, but recent literature provides little evidence for how different actors serve as knowledge brokers in the upgrading process of apprentice-based clusters, and does not dynamically consider how to preserve the sustainability of these clusters. This paper uses empirical evidence from an antique furniture manufacturing cluster in Xianyou, Fujian Province, in southeastern China, to examine the growth trajectory of the knowledge learning system of an antique furniture manufacturing cluster. It appears that the apprentice-based learning system is crucial during early stages of the cluster evolution, but later becomes complemented and relatively substituted by the role of both local governments and focal outsiders. This finding addresses the context of economic transformation and provides empirical insights into knowledge acquisition in apprentice-based clusters to question the rationality based on European and North American cases, and to provide a broader perspective for policy makers to trigger and sustain the development of apprentice-based clusters. View Full-Text
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Zhu, H.; Chen, K.W.; Dai, J. Beyond Apprenticeship: Knowledge Brokers and Sustainability of Apprentice-Based Clusters. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1279.
Zhu H, Chen KW, Dai J. Beyond Apprenticeship: Knowledge Brokers and Sustainability of Apprentice-Based Clusters. Sustainability. 2016; 8(12):1279.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhu, Huasheng; Chen, Kelly W.; Dai, Juncheng. 2016. "Beyond Apprenticeship: Knowledge Brokers and Sustainability of Apprentice-Based Clusters." Sustainability 8, no. 12: 1279.
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