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Interpartner legitimacy effects on cluster inititiative formation and development processes
Högskolan Dalarna.
Uppsala universitet, Företagsekonomiska institutionen.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2795-7630
2014 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 23, no 5, 892-908 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

In spite of the growing interest in cluster initiatives (CIs) as a means of regional development, there are still few studies of CIs that offer an inside perspective. This article takes such an inside perspective, focusing on the internal legitimacy aspects of the formation and evolving processes of CIs. We propose the inclusion of interpartner legitimacy effects in order to better understand the formation and development of CIs. A case study method is applied on a Swedish CI in the tourism industry. Faced with the situation that their region was lagging behind other Swedish regions in the development of tourism, the actors were spurred to promote a CI. Its central purposes were to consolidate the regional tourism industry, strengthen the regional brand and to establish the entire region as a single coherent destination. This paper contributes to the research body of regional development and CIs by showing how different types of interpartner legitimacies hinder and facilitate the CI process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 23, no 5, 892-908 p.
Keyword [en]
Legitimacy, interpartner legitimacy, cluster initiative, formation, effects, processes
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-44540DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2014.891567OAI: diva2:950754
Available from: 2014-03-18 Created: 2016-08-02 Last updated: 2016-08-30Bibliographically approved
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1. The Legitimacy Process that Supports the Formation and Development of Cluster Initiatives: The Case of a Tourism Cluster Initiative in Dalarna
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Legitimacy Process that Supports the Formation and Development of Cluster Initiatives: The Case of a Tourism Cluster Initiative in Dalarna
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today, large public investments are being made with the aim of creating and developing cooperation between businesses in inter-organizational networks. Such initiatives are commonly denoted cluster initiatives and their underlying purpose are to spur innovation and regional growth.

Much research has been conducted in this field, but relatively few studies have examined the process of cluster initiatives. By following the case of a regional cluster project within the tourism industry in the region of Dalarna, Sweden, the objective of this thesis is to deepen the understanding of the formation and development process of cluster initiatives. The investigation has been conducted by examining two main themes; the internal relationships within the cluster initiative and the relationships between the cluster initiative and its external stakeholders, such as funding agencies, regional government and local businesses.

The analysis is based on a legitimacy perspective and indicates that the coordinating body of the cluster initiative, the hub, principally deals with a legitimation process. What occurs within the cluster initiative, between the members themselves and between the members and the hub, is legitimation. This also applies to external relationships, between the hub and its external stakeholders. A prerequisite for the realization of its mission is that the hub obtain and sustain legitimacy; legitimacy for itself, for the other members, for the idea, for the different activities and for the industry as such.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2016. 47 p.
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2016:31
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42021 (URN)978-91-7063-711-7 (ISBN)
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2016-09-08, Clas Ohlson, Högskolan Dalarna, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-08-30 Created: 2016-05-13 Last updated: 2016-08-30Bibliographically approved

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