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Factors influencing innovation in maritime clusters: An empirical study from Australia


Djoumessi, A and Chen, S-L and Cahoon, S, Factors influencing innovation in maritime clusters: An empirical study from Australia, Marine Policy, 108 Article 103558. ISSN 0308-597X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2019.103558


The extant literature on innovation in maritime clusters is predominantly concerned with understanding the innovative activities of maritime firms in terms of outputs and how they are influenced by cluster and extracluster environments. As such they overlook the firm-level practices also contributing to innovation in these maritime clusters. Substantial empirical evidence reveals that irrespective of location, firms' innovative outputs are also influenced by their internal organisational practices. The purpose of this paper is to provide a more complete picture of the factors influencing innovation in maritime clusters. The analysis is based on survey data from 54 maritime firms located in two Australian maritime clusters using exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). The results suggest that the innovation activities of firms located in maritime clusters are indeed not only influenced by cluster-specific and extra-cluster specific factors but also by firmspecific factors. These firm-specific factors relate to harnessing the competence base, structures and systems and culture and climate for innovation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:maritime clusters, innovation, internal organisation practices
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:Djoumessi, A (Mr Armand Djoumessi Mouafo)
UTAS Author:Chen, S-L (Associate Professor Peggy Chen)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Professor Stephen Cahoon)
ID Code:133035
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2019-06-03
Last Modified:2020-05-06

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