Journal Article

Global temporary networks of clusters: structures and dynamics of trade fairs in Asian economies

Peng-Fei Li

in Journal of Economic Geography

Volume 14, issue 5, pages 995-1021
Published in print September 2014 | ISSN: 1468-2702
Published online April 2014 | e-ISSN: 1468-2710 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbu009
Global temporary networks of clusters: structures and dynamics of trade fairs in Asian economies

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Acting as temporary clusters, trade fairs can turn into trans-local learning spaces in global industrial communities. However, up to now, how temporary gatherings are related to regional/national economies has not yet been systematically investigated. This article approaches the question with an international comparative study of trade fairs in Asian economies. Generally, consistent with a dynamic interpretation of temporary clusters, trade fairs exhibit a more diverse configuration of participants, being a setting more compatible for knowledge creation, in more developed Asian economies. However, structures of trade fairs are also influenced by organizational features of embedded economies. Further, seven flagship electronics fairs suggest an architecture of global temporary networks of clusters for high-end learning processes in the global knowledge economy.

Keywords: Global temporary networks of clusters; trade fairs; Asian economies; knowledge pipelines; D83; O33; O53; L84; R11

Journal Article.  11578 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainy ; Technological Change; Research and Development ; Economywide Country Studies ; Services ; Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics

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