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Communities of enterprise: SMEs, ICT and regional development

Mason, Cecily, Castleman, Tanya and Parker, Craig 2006, Communities of enterprise: SMEs, ICT and regional development, in ECIS 2006 : 14th European Conference on Information Systems : 2006 ECIS Göteborg ; Göteborg, June 12 - 14, 2006 ; proceedings, ECIS, Goteborg, Sweden.

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Title Communities of enterprise: SMEs, ICT and regional development
Author(s) Mason, Cecily
Castleman, Tanya
Parker, Craig
Conference name European Conference on Information Systems (14th : 2006 : Göteborg, Sweden)
Conference location Goteborg, Sweden
Conference dates 12-14 June 2006
Title of proceedings ECIS 2006 : 14th European Conference on Information Systems : 2006 ECIS Göteborg ; Göteborg, June 12 - 14, 2006 ; proceedings
Editor(s) Ljungberg, Jan
Andersson, Magnus
Publication date 2006
Conference series European Conference on Information Systems
Total pages 12 p.
Publisher ECIS
Place of publication Goteborg, Sweden
Keyword(s) regional development
cross-industry regional clusters
communities of enterprise (CoEs)
virtual communities
small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
value creation
Summary Many regional economies have pursued a strategy of stimulating the development of regional clusters. Such clusters typically include small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as a core component of those economies. Effective cluster development in that context depends on SMEs sharing knowledge and generating innovation. ICT networks can be an important resource for this sharing and innovation. This paper proposes the concept of ‘Communities of Enterprise’ to conceptualise the relationships and communication patterns used in cluster development. This concept builds on theoretical understandings of information systems, clustering and regional development. The value creation potential of Communities of Enterprise, supported by ICTs is substantial, but only when the socioeconomic elements of regional clusters are understood. The Community of Enterprise approach addresses the fact that without an industry focus it can be difficult to engage and link SMEs from different industries, although this is where the greatest potential for value creation in regional clusters is to be found. This paper concludes by considering the relevance of Communities of Enterprise for understanding and researching eCluster development in the Australian regional context.
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Language eng
Field of Research 150314 Small Business Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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