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2011 Awards for Excellence

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Article citation: Abbas J. Ali, (2012) "2011 Awards for Excellence", Competitiveness Review, Vol. 22 Iss: 1, pp. -



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Article Type: 2011 Awards for Excellence From: Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, Volume 22, Issue 1

The following article was selected for this year's Outstanding Paper Award for

Competitiveness Review

“Industrial cluster involvement and organizational adaptation: an empirical study in international industrial clusters”

Keui-Hsien Niu
California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA

Purpose -- The research of industrial cluster and organizational adaptation can be traced back to early strategic management and organization theory. This paper initiates an attempt to empirically examine the relationship between a firm's involvement in an industrial cluster and its adaptive outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach -- Field survey research method was used and data were collected from four international industrial clusters which consist of 188 company responses. Regression analysis and path analysis were used to analyze the data.

Findings -- The paper found that the degree of a firm's involvement in an industrial cluster affects its adaptation outcomes. But the nature of the adaptation benefits depends, to a large degree, on the type of cluster involvement.

Research limitations/implications -- Using self-reported data could be a potential limitation of this paper. It would be preferable to have other forms of data for a study.

Practical implications -- Industrial clusters are widely considered a network-based industrial system with the aim of adapting to fast-changing markets and technologies as an organized whole. Firms within a cluster can work together to co-evolve for the purpose of enhancing competitiveness and adapting to the environmental change. As the sum of the benefit of a cluster is of greater value than each individual company or institution, whether to involve in an industrial cluster to have effective adaptation is worthy of managers’ consideration.

Originality/value -- The major contribution of this work is the first attempt to operationalize the construct industrial cluster and to create a coherent model that logically links industrial clusters and organizational adaptation to tests that have not been covered sufficiently in the literature.

Keywords Competitive advantage, Organizational development, Strategic management

This article originally appeared in Volume 20 Number 5, 2010, pp. 395-406, of Competitiveness Review, Editor: Professor Abbas J. Ali

The following articles were selected for this year's Highly Commended Award

“Canada's global and business competitiveness: competition policy reform in a changing world”

Moses N. Kiggundu and Aareni Uruthirapathy

This article originally appeared in Volume 20 Number 4, 2010, Competitiveness Review

“Emerging logics of competition: paradigm shift, fantasy, or reality check?”

Aseem Kinra and Imoh Antai

This article originally appeared in Volume 20 Number 2, 2010, Competitiveness Review

“Co-opetition: a source of international opportunities in Finnish SMEs”

Sren Kock, Johanna Nisuls and Anette Sderqvist

This article originally appeared in Volume 20 Number 2, 2010, Competitiveness Review

Outstanding Reviewers

Dr Marilyn M Helms

Dalton State College, USA

Dr Ananda Mukherji

Texas AM International University, USA