TCIOceania14 Collaboration in clusters

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TCIOceania14 Collaboration in clusters

  1. 1. Collaboration in Clusters Dr Philip Walls 30 May 2014
  2. 2. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” Collaboration in Clusters Dr. Philip Walls i3net Director of Network Operations
  3. 3. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” Wollongong and the Illawarra LOCATION and REACH Our network is based in Wollongong. We actively seek opportunities outside the region. One of our goals is to assist in developing international business opportunities for our members.
  4. 4. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” Port Expansion
  5. 5. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions”
  6. 6. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” Innovation & Training University TAFE The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network i3net 80+ members and sponsors Government Council State Federal Business Support Finance, Legal Accounting, Media Business Suppliers Members Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Industrial Services & Supplies
  7. 7. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” COLLABORATION WITHIN THE NETWORK “Create opportunities for those in the network to engage for the ultimate benefit of the region” Company Representatives Entrepreneurs Investors Researchers , Trainers Business Support & Development Agencies Politicians “It’s crucial for cities to nurture their industry “clusters” – concentrations of businesses that collaborate, compete and feed off each other “ - Toronto Board of Trade
  8. 8. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” B2B Collaboration We foster business to business collaboration, by holding regular networking events, at which project opportunities are presented. Members have the opportunitiy to engage with each other and form alliances. How to best promote these? Aims: Projects with multiple member involvement. Identify and leverage collective assets. Share information: Get a collective sense of what is happening in the market.
  9. 9. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” Collaboration with Research and Development organisations Assistance with product or idea development. Innovation incubator and business acceleration programs. (University of Wollongong Innovation campus) Collaboration with Training organisations Working with training organisations to develop courses that train people in the exact skills local companies need. This is a win-win situation as the training organisation is paid to supply local employers with the correctly skilled staff.
  10. 10. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” Collaboration with Support and Funding Agencies Public and private sector involvement. Government Grants, Tax information and Assistance programs. Angel and venture capital raising. Provide members with up-to-date information in an ever-changing regulatory landscape.
  11. 11. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” Coopetition Study + UoW Business School researchers looked at 8 companies within i3net. Coopetition* refers to the simultaneous and coexisting cooperation and competition among the members of value networks. For example, the same companies may compete for some tenders within the region for a major client, while at the same time, they may jointly bid for projects outside the region. *(Brandenburger & Nalebuff 1996; Luo 2004)
  12. 12. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” From the study three major coopetition strategies were identified. 1. Independence, mostly highly specialised, small firms looking after their own business and compete with each other. 2. Buyer dominance, illustrated by sub-contracting type arrangements with little evidence of information sharing or longer term synergies. 3. Interdependence, in which contractual arrangements allow win/win loose/loose situations and more operational synergies.
  13. 13. www.i3net.com.au info@i3net.com.au Call: 0404 030 023 The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network “Your Gateway to World Class Industrial Solutions” Closing Remarks 1. i3net is a “collaboration facilitator” in the Illawarra. 2. We promote strengthening existing relationships between members and generating new collaborative linkages between all members. 3. We are continuing to work toward providing a better platform for collaboration between members. 4. We promote collaboration between small and larger member companies for joint bids on interstate projects. 5. We still have a fair way to go!

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