The network structure of Hungarian business clusters

Futó, Péter (2014) The network structure of Hungarian business clusters. Vezetéstudomány - Budapest Management Review, 45 (1). pp. 41-54. DOI 10.14267/VEZTUD.2014.01.05

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This article investigates the attitudes to inter-firm co-operation in Hungary by analysing a special group of business networks: the business clusters. Following an overview of cluster policy, a wide range of selfproclaimed business clusters are identified. A small elite of these business networks evolves into successful, sustainable innovative business clusters. However, in the majority of cases, these consortia of interfirm co-operation are not based on a mutually satisfactory model, and as a consequence, many clusters do not survive in the longer term. The paper uses the concepts and models of social network theory in order to explain, why and under what circumstances inter-firm co-operation in clusters enhances the competitiveness of the network as a whole, or alternatively, under what circumstances the cluster remains dependent on Government subsidies. The empirical basis of the study is a thorough internet research about the Hungarian cluster movement; a questionnaire based expert survey among managers of clusters and member companies and a set of in-depth interviews among managers of self-proclaimed clusters. The last chapter analyises the applicability of social network theory in the analysis of business networks and a model involving the value chain is recommended.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:inter-firm co-operation, clusters, business networks
Divisions:Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Sociology and Social Studies
Management, business policy, business strategy
ID Code:1416
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:21 Jan 2014 08:18
Last Modified:25 Nov 2021 12:07

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