Industrial districts as organizational environments: resources, networks and structures

A. Popp, S. Toms, J. Wilson

Research output: Working paper


The paper combines economic and sociological perspectives on organizations in order to gain a better understanding of the forces shaping the structures of industrial districts (IDs) and the organizations of which they are constituted. To effect the combination , the resource based view (RBV) and resource dependency theory are combined to explain the evolution of different industry structures. The paper thus extends work by Toms and Filatotchev by spatializing consideration of resource distribution and resource dependence. The paper has important implications for conventional interpretations in the fields of business and organizational history and for the main areas of theory hitherto considered separately, particularly the Chandlerian model of corporate hierarchy as contrasted with the alternative of clusters of small firms coordinated by networks.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork
PublisherDepartment of Management Studies, University of York
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • clustering
  • dynamics
  • resource-based views
  • resource dependency

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