Knowledge Cities: a Taxonomy For Analyzing Software and Information Service Clusters

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Paulo Bastos Tigre
Renata Lebre La Rovere
Francisco Lima C. Teixeira
Andrés López
Daniela Ramos
Néstor Bercovich
Alessandro de Orlando Maia Pinheiro
Silvio Araújo
Ricardo Furtado Rodrigues

Abstract

Software and information services (SIS) have become a field of increasing opportunities for international trade due to the worldwide diffusion of a combination of technological and organizational innovations. In several regions, the software industry is organized in clusters, usually referred to as “knowledge cities” because of the growing importance of knowledge-intensive services in their economy. This paper has two primary objectives. First, it raises three major questions related to the attractiveness of different cities in Argentina and Brazil for hosting software companies and to their impact on local development. Second, a new taxonomy is proposed for grouping clusters according to their dominant business segment, ownership pattern and scope of operations. The purpose of this taxonomy is to encourage further studies and provide an exploratory analytical tool for analyzing software clusters.

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TIGRE, P. B.; LA ROVERE, R. L.; TEIXEIRA, F. L. C.; LÓPEZ, A.; RAMOS, D.; BERCOVICH, N.; PINHEIRO, A. de O. M.; ARAÚJO, S.; RODRIGUES, R. F. Knowledge Cities: a Taxonomy For Analyzing Software and Information Service Clusters. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 51, n. 1, p. 15–26, 2011. Disponível em: https://periodicos.fgv.br/rae/article/view/31002. Acesso em: 12 jul. 2024.
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Paulo Bastos Tigre

Professor at Instituto de Economia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil.

Renata Lebre La Rovere

Professor at Instituto de Economia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil.

Francisco Lima C. Teixeira

Professor at Escola de Administração, Universidade Federal da Bahia – Salvador – BA, Brazil.

Andrés López

Director at Fundación Centro Nacional de Innovación Tecnológica – Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Daniela Ramos

Researcher at Fundación Centro Nacional de Innovación Tecnológica – Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Néstor Bercovich

Economist at Comisión Económica para América Latina, United Nations Organization – Santiago, Chile.

Alessandro de Orlando Maia Pinheiro

Economist at Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística and doctoral student at Instituto de Economia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil.

Silvio Araújo

Doctoral Student at Instituto de Administração, Universidade Federal da Bahia – Salvador – BA, Brazil.

Ricardo Furtado Rodrigues

Researcher at Grupo de Economia da Inovação do Instituto de Economia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. Doctoral Student at Departamento de Engenharia de Produção, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina – Florianópolis – SC, Brazil.