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Abstract

The DELOS project considered the notion of cluster as a valid categorical construct for mapping SME and the notion of organisational learning as a meaningful operational dynamic for assessing and explaining the �behaviour� of SME.

The key assumptions of this rationale are as follows:
- that SME collectively represent the dynamic engine of economic growth, and their aggregate actions are inherently transferable into aggregate economic benefits
- that SME reflect structured patterns of interaction
- that facilitating clusters of SME will allow diffusion of know-how and innovation to be more efficient
- that facilitating aggregate learning amongst SME will stimulate 'intentional' activity and decisionmaking and allow SME clusters to consolidate their market position or diversify into other markets
- that the behaviour of large organisations can act as a role model towards understanding and shaping the collective actions of clusters of SME
- that cluster models are transferable across socio-cultural and socio-economic boundaries (including both geographical and sector boundaries).

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