Innovation and Relationships in Industrial Districts The Case of Turkey

Erdil, Erkan
Akdeve, Erdal
Industrial districts (ID) and small scale industrial estates are important regional development tools that have been extensively utilized by the Turkish authorities as part of Turkish industrialization programs, with varying degrees of success. The empirical part of the study is carried out in one of the oldest industrial zones in Turkey, Ankara (Sincan) with 207 firms facilitating. Following the determination of innovative capacity of the firms, the study investigates the intraand inter-ID firm relationships, and their possible implications for firm level innovation activity. At the first stage of this study, the purpose is to explore vertical I/O (input-output) inter-firm links. Following the relationship mapping, a background structure is obtained for supply chains and the relative focal firm positions are observed. The analysis of cross-tabulations provides valuable insights on the relationship between innovative capacity of firms and their interactions with the environment. According to a latest formal report, four firms from the district are placed among the 500 largest ones in Turkey. The results of the questionnaire which is applied to all firms in the district studied will further give evidence for developing Turkish ID innovation policies.
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E. Erdil and E. Akdeve, “Innovation and Relationships in Industrial Districts The Case of Turkey,” Innovative Marketing, pp. 114–119, 2008, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: