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Pittsburgh's evolving steel legacy and the steel technology cluster

Treado, CD (2010) Pittsburgh's evolving steel legacy and the steel technology cluster. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3 (1). 105 - 120. ISSN 1752-1378

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Using an industry studies approach, this article provides an assessment of a cluster of product and service providers that have leveraged regional expertise in a declining industry (steel) to continue to supply technology to a global industry. The formation of Pittsburgh's steel technology cluster has depended on three main regional factors: location, labour and legacy. In particular, Pittsburgh's expertise and long tradition in metallurgy and materials science has been the ultimate source of the cluster's success and the region's resilience. The results of this research have practical and theoretical implications for regional economic development policy and its relationship to path dependence.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Treado, CDctreado@pitt.eduCTREADO
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Industry Studies
Date: 13 April 2010
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Volume: 3
Number: 1
Page Range: 105 - 120
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/cjres/rsp027
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1752-1378
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 19:46
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 04:57


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