Saturday, May 06, 2006

Clustering of technological companies

I am writing a paper on various Siliconia (Silicon Valley wannabe) in Indonesia, such as the Bandung High Tech Valley (BHTV) initiative which I am part of. One of the thing that I am still missing is a reference on "cluster theory." Could somebody suggest the definitive reference(s) or article(s) on this?

My hypothesis is that technological (technology-based) companies have to cluster in a region to survive. While there is a believe (myth?) that computer nerds (IT people) like to work alone, tech companies cannot survive being alone. They have to be surrounded by "friends" (aka competitors).

The second thing that I am interested in is references that argue why certain regions in the world are able to attract tech companies (and talented human resources). Why is it difficult to duplicate Silicon Valley, thus the many failed Siliconias ... ? I would like to argue that the city of Bandung has the "ingredients" similar to Silicon Valley, but it still is missing the "chef" to make it a successful Siliconia.

3 comments:

Bhq said...

I was involved in a project called Industry cluster for SMEs 3 years ago. I left all the references in Indonesia. Perhaps you can get those concept from Porter (1990) books "Competitive advantave for nation".

Or here

One of my colleagues is now doing a research in Indonesia on this topic, and I have also a friend who also quite expert in this matter. I can give you their contact if you wish

Iqbal said...

> I would like to argue that the city of Bandung has the "ingredients" similar to Silicon Valley, but it still is missing the "chef" to make it a successful Siliconia.

I hope you'll be the chef.

carlos patriawan said...

many hitech company (like mine) is located in silicon valley is simply because there's large supply of people that can get the job done.

It's natural.

Also there's business climate that could support the business growth.