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Industrial Innovation, Networks, and Economic Development

Informal Information Sharing in Low-Technology Clusters in India

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Industrial Innovation, Networks, and Economic Development by Anant Kamath
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This book offers an innovative examination of how `low-technology' industries operate. Based on extensive fieldwork in India, the book fuses economic and sociological perspectives on information sharing by means of informal interaction in a low-technology cluster in a developing country. In doing so, the book sheds new light on settings where economic relations arise as emergent properties of social relations. This book examines industrial innovation and microeconomic network behaviour among producers and clusters, perceiving knowledge diffusion to be a socially-spatial, as much as a geographically spatial, phenomenon. This is achieved by employing two methods - simulation modelling, and (quantitative, qualitative, and historical) social network analysis. The simulation model, based on its findings, motivates two empirical studies - one descriptive case and one network study - of low-tech rural and semi-urban traditional technology clusters in Kerala state in southern India. These cases demonstrate two contrasting stories of how social cohesion either supports or thwarts informal information sharing and learning. This book pushes towards an economic-sociology approach to understanding knowledge diffusion and technological learning, which perceives innovation and learning as being more social processes than the mainstream view perceives them to be. In doing so, it makes a significant contribution to the literature on defensive innovation and the role of networks in technological innovation and knowledge diffusion, as well as to policy studies of Indian small firm and traditional technology clusters.

Author Biography

Anant Kamath is currently faculty at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India.
Release date NZ
November 19th, 2014
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
26 Tables, black and white; 10 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
160
Dimensions
156x234x13
ISBN-13
9781138815469
Product ID
22488301

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