Sources of Knowledge in Different Stages of a Cluster Life Cycle: the Examples of Furniture Industry in Italy and Poland


  • Wojciech Dyba Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu Instytut Geografii Społeczno-Ekonomicznej i Gospodarki Przestrzennej
  • Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu Instytut Geografii Społeczno-Ekonomicznej i Gospodarki Przestrzennej



cluster, cluster life cycle, furniture industry, knowledge sources


Clusters - spatial concentrations of companies and institutions in functionally-related fields - are known as places facilitating the creation and spreading of knowledge. Facing competition from similar firms nearby, cluster firms must constantly search for and utilise new technological and business knowledge. In this paper we present the results of a comparative study conducted in the companies located within two furniture clusters operating in different life cycle stages, which have been determined on the basis of employment, production and export indicators. The first cluster - Livenza is located in the North of Italy and is an example of a mature cluster, the second - in Kępno (Greater Poland region) - as a growing one. Questionnaire survey of the firms located in these areas allowed to state that the firms in the first cluster - in relation to the second one - use more professional knowledge sources, such as: consulting firms, employing “knowledge agents” delivering current knowledge expertise, trainings and actions of public institutions. The results of the study may become a guideline for business environment institutions and public authorities as to the ways of obtaining new, external knowledge which is most expected by the local cluster firms.


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Author Biographies

Wojciech Dyba, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu Instytut Geografii Społeczno-Ekonomicznej i Gospodarki Przestrzennej

Wojciech Dyba, PhD, assistant professor in the Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He received scholarships from the Adam Mickiewicz Foundation (2015) and the Foundation for Polish Science (2018). He was a fellow at the University of Padua (2018). His main research interests include: economic geography (clusters, location of economic activity, innovativeness, globalisation), as well as regional and local development (strategies for development, spatial development plans).

Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu Instytut Geografii Społeczno-Ekonomicznej i Gospodarki Przestrzennej

Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz, profesor, head of the Department of Regional Policy and European Integration in the Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He was a fellow at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, and in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. He was a visiting lecturer at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. His main research interests include: economic geography, location of economic activity, regional and local development, organisation and dynamics of socio-economic space (including creative industries). He has participated in several national and international research projects, authored (or co-authored) 280 research publications and many expert reports. He is a member of the Central Commission for Scientific Degrees and Titles and of many research councils and institutions.


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How to Cite

Dyba, W. ., & Stryjakiewicz, T. . (2019). Sources of Knowledge in Different Stages of a Cluster Life Cycle: the Examples of Furniture Industry in Italy and Poland. Studies of the Industrial Geography Commission of the Polish Geographical Society, 33(4), 26–41.

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