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    Industry Clusters in Ireland: An Application of Porter's Model of National Competitive Advantage to Three Sectors


    Clancy, Paula and O'Malley, Eoin and O'Connell, Larry and Van Egeraat, Chris (2001) Industry Clusters in Ireland: An Application of Porter's Model of National Competitive Advantage to Three Sectors. European Planning Studies, 9 (1). pp. 7-28. ISSN 0965-4313

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the importance of industrial clusters, and the relevance of Porter’s diamond model, in the context of the small open economy of Ireland. It analyses the experience of three relatively successful Irish indigenous sectors and it considers to what extent have clusters of related or connected industries been important in accounting for the degree of success attained in Ireland. We do not find evidence of well-developed clusters of the type described by Porter, and our study provides support for some previous critiques of Porter’s model. It is concluded that Irish industrial policy does not need to be focused strongly on developing the type of industry clusters described in Porter’s model. At the same time, different elements of Porter’s model do prove to be relevant and we find that companies in Ireland benefit from being part of some form of wider grouping of connected or related companies and industries, although these groupings can differ from Porter’s clusters in significant respects.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at Paula Clancy , Eoin O'Malley , Larry O'Connell & Chris Van Egeraat (2001) Industry Clusters in Ireland: An Application of Porter's Model of National Competitive Advantage to Three Sectors, European Planning Studies, 9:1, 7-28, DOI: 10.1080/09654310124159
    Keywords: industrial clusters; diamond model; Ireland; economy; industrial policy;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 6124
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09654310124159
    Depositing User: Dr. Chris Van Egeraat
    Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 15:44
    Journal or Publication Title: European Planning Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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