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Local firms and global reach: Business air travel and the Irish software cluster

Wickham, James and Vecchi, Alessandra (2008) Local firms and global reach: Business air travel and the Irish software cluster. European Planning Studies, 16 (5). pp. 693-710.

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Wickham, James and Vecchi, Alessandra

We study the external linkages of clusters through a typology of forms of temporary proximity (from foreign business meetings to co-located projects). We suggest that here business air travel and information and communication technologies have given significant advantages to small firms. We investigate these arguments through a case study of the Irish software industry in Dublin. Comparing indigenous and multinational corporation (MNC) firms confirms that indigenous firms are as travel intensive as MNCs but are linked to fewer destinations. We conclude that air travel enables small firms to go global without the support of collective cluster institutions.

Official Website: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a793868122
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: business travel, software cluster, ireland
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 2008
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1080/09654310802049315
Related Websites: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a793868122
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Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 14:05
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2012 14:05
Item ID: 3376
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/3376

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