1 Department of Management, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 unknown
The issue we wish to explore in this contribution is how relocation of production activities to countries such as India and China influences the organisation of innovation activities in a regional cluster. The study provides an account of the ongoing re-organisation of production activities in the telecommunication cluster in Northern Jutland. Despite that large-scale production activities are quickly disappearing from the area, companies are seem still able to exploit current competencies and explore new technological possibilities - focusing on their ability to develop new applications for their technological know-how and set this into production. The question we seek to explore here is: How do these companies focus innovation - while having no directly involvement in production - engage collaboration partners, orchestrate global production networks and lead product development activities? What managerial skills are called for? What are the strategic challenges development-oriented and often small companies faces from this position?