Entrepreneurial networks in local industrial development: a comparative analysis of Denizli and Gaziantep cases

Varol, Çigdem
Since the early 1970s, the nature of production has changed quite fundamentally. The changes in economic and social system caused new organisational forms and complex spatial behaviours. Networking which has emerged as a new perspective on the organisation of production help greatly to understand the success of businesses, thus regions. The aim of this thesis is to put forward the importance of networks, which are defined as set of relations, in the context of local industrial development. In this context, the entrepreneurs are considered as the vital actors of networks. The relations of entrepreneurs in local/global dimension can not be limited by narrow "economic" explanations. Thus, by recognising the cultural and social embeddedness of the formation of network relations and their spatial repercussions, we can arrive at a better understanding of the nature of production systems prevailing in different localities. With the emergence of different patterns of development in many regions, which are different from those followed in advanced countries and regions, it has become necessary to consider the diversity of developing country experiences to understand the process of local industrial development. Thus, as the Turkish case, two localities; Denizli and Gaziantep which have achieved a breakthrough in local economic development in Turkey will be analysed comparatively on network basis with a new set of empirical evidence.


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Ç. Varol, “Entrepreneurial networks in local industrial development: a comparative analysis of Denizli and Gaziantep cases,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2002.