PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2007, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (4): 121-129.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2007.04.014

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Application of New Information and Communication Technologies in Local Cluster s of Small and Medium- Size Enterpr ises ———A case study of the Shoes- making Cluster in Wenling, Zhejiang Province

SONG Zhouying1,2, LIU Weidong1, LIU Yi1   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101|
    2. Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
  • Received:2007-05-01 Revised:2007-07-01 Online:2007-07-25 Published:2007-07-25

Abstract:

It is now widely recognized that new information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been changing the way in which firms do their businesses. As such, application of new ICTs will affect the development of industrial clusters, especially those of small and medium- size enterprises (SMEs). Electronic channels based on new ICTs are becoming a major platform of inter- firm relationships within clusters, which is critical to our understanding of cluster evolution and upgrading. In particular, new ICTs can enable small and medium- size enterprises to develop links across far distance and reduce both time and financial costs in establishing those links, and thus facilitate the internationalization of SMEs. This paper firstly reviews the development and major forms of ICTs application by enterprises in China, then discusses major factors affecting the application of new ICTs by SMEs in clusters based on field investigation of five clusters in Zhejaing and Guangdong provinces, and lastly, by using a case of shoes- making cluster in Wenling of Zhejiang province, analyzes the concrete affect of those factors. The majors discussed by this paper include industry- specific factors, enterprise factors, local social and cultural factors and regional information infrastructures.

Key words: cluster of SMEs, new ICTs