Title: Networking and innovation: lessons from the aeronautical clusters of Madrid

Authors: Javier Alfonso-Gil, Antonio Vazquez-Barquero

Addresses: Universitad Autonoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales, Departamento de Estructura Economica y Economia del Desarollo, Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain. ' Universitad Autonoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales, Departamento de Estructura Economica y Economia del Desarollo, Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain

Abstract: The paper describes adjustments within the Madrid aeronautics cluster, which are driven by changes in the sourcing strategy of Airbus. Knowledge capabilities gain importance for the relations and importance of single organisations. Based on a detailed analysis of single organisations in the cluster, implications for the network structures and innovation processes are discussed.

Keywords: cluster theories; innovative milieux; knowledge management; supply chains; supply chain management; SCM; aerospace industry; aeronautical clusters; Madrid; Spain; innovation; Airbus; sourcing strategy; network structures; networking.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2010.032680

International Journal of Technology Management, 2010 Vol.50 No.3/4, pp.337 - 355

Published online: 12 Apr 2010 *

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