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How Firms Develop Linkages for Development and Growth - Cases in Malaysian Greenfield and Brownfield Technology Parks
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  • Journal title : World Technopolis Review
  • Volume 4, Issue 2,  2015, pp.87-103
  • Publisher : World Technopolis Association
  • DOI : 10.7165/wtr2015.4.2.87
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How Firms Develop Linkages for Development and Growth - Cases in Malaysian Greenfield and Brownfield Technology Parks
Mohan, Avvari V.; Ismail, Isshamudin;
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This paper aims to explore how firms develop and grow in regional clusters based in a developing country. The argument is that start-ups / small and large firms are able to grow by developing linkages or networks for resources within clusters - and this tenet is based on studies of firms that are based from such clusters as Silicon Valley in the US, Cambridge in UK and other clusters from which have evolved over long periods of time. Most of the time we hear narratives from the developed world where there are brownfield cluster development efforts. In developing countries governments are making efforts to develop clusters from scratch - which in this paper we term as greenfield cluster versus a brownfield development, which is where the cluster is developed based on existing and new organisations in a region. In this paper, we believe the context of clusters can be important in determining the way firms develop linkages for their growth - and we look at two contexts in Malaysia ie. A greenfield cluster and a brownfield cluster. The paper presents findings from case studies of firms in a greenfield cluster (Cyberjaya) and a brown field cluster (Penang) in Malaysia. The cases reveal fairly different approaches to development of linkages or networks, which we hope will provides insights to cluster development officials and policy makers and implications to researchers for developing studies of clusters and innovation systems.
Clusters;Greenfield;Brownfield;Linkages;Start-up firms;Small and Medium Enterprizes (SMEs) Malaysia;
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