The shifting geography of competitive advantage: Clusters, networks and firms

  • Jenkins M
  • Tallman S
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Abstract

We consider the dynamics of knowledge-based sources of advantage as they move
between geographical locations and multinational and other firm level networks
using the specialist context of Formula 1 motor over a 59-year period. We
suggest that shifts in competitive advantage are underpinned by the movement of
both architectural and component knowledge at both the firm and cluster level,
and in particular we suggest that isolated firms can both benefit from and add
to cluster level knowledge. We conclude by suggesting ways in which MNEs can
adapt their approach to both location and knowledge development in order to
enhance their ability to create competitive advantage.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Clusters
  • Competitive advantage
  • Formula 1
  • Knowledge flows
  • Networks

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Authors

  • Mark Jenkins

  • Stephen Tallman

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