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Cluster nodes as a unit for value co-creation: the role of information technologies in competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s oil and gas industry

Ambalov, V. and Heim, I. ORCID: (2018) Cluster nodes as a unit for value co-creation: the role of information technologies in competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s oil and gas industry. In: Liu, K., Nakata, K. ORCID:, Li, W. (V.) ORCID: and Baranauskas, C. (eds.) Digitalisation, Innovation and Transformation: 18th IFIP WG 8.1 International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations, ICISO 2018, Reading, UK, July 16-18, 2018, Proceedings. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (527). Springer International Publishing, pp. 155-163. ISBN 9783319945408

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Both the national competitiveness paradigm and cluster theory have prompted de-cision-makers in emerging countries to take a closer look at the cluster approach, and to consider the possibility of using this approach to boost economic growth. However, this has not led to wider use of cluster analysis as a major instrument for studying complex economic processes in these countries. The reason for this is that the majority of the reviewed concepts of cluster development implemented in emerging countries, such as Kazakhstan and Russia, use of the cluster ap-proach based on foreign experience disregarding the importance of initial local conditions. Thus, a more formal study of clusters in emerging countries, consid-ering the impact of institutional factors and the individual structural uncertainty of economic systems, recurrent crises and market shocks, is required. This research fills the gap by proposing a cluster node as a unit of analysis that allows subdivi-sion of any big industrial and commercial groups, of economic sectors, and of multinational enterprises (MNE) and other structures, into interconnected nodes of a smaller scale, and applying this up to the smallest nodes that are of interest to researchers. This concept will create theoretical foundations for the transfor-mation of national economic clusters, which is strategically important for national governments seeking to attract foreign investments (FDI) and increase local con-tent, thus attracting MNEs to invest in national economies. This research demon-strates how the concept of cluster nodes can be applied to the analysis of linkages between oil and gas industry (O&G) and industries responsible for the develop-ment of information and communication technology (ICT) in Kazakhstan.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:77828
Additional Information:Cite this paper as: Ambalov V., Heim I. (2018) Cluster Nodes as a Unit for Value Co-creation: The Role of Information Technologies in Competitiveness of the Oil and Gas Industry. In: Liu K., Nakata K., Li W., Baranauskas C. (eds) Digitalisation, Innovation, and Transformation. ICISO 2018. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 527. Springer, Cham
Publisher:Springer International Publishing

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