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Communities of enterprise: SMEs, ICT and regional development

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Cecily Mason, Tanya Castleman, Craig Parker
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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Event

European Conference on Information Systems (14th : 2006 : Göteborg, Sweden)

Publisher

ECIS

Location

Goteborg, Sweden

Place of publication

Goteborg, Sweden

Start date

2006-06-12

End date

2006-06-14

Language

eng

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2006, ECIS

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Ljungberg, M Andersson

Title of proceedings

ECIS 2006 : 14th European Conference on Information Systems : 2006 ECIS Göteborg ; Göteborg, June 12 - 14, 2006 ; proceedings

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