Clusters as an instrument to bridge institutional voids in transition economies

Lessons learned from Southeast Europe

  • Tine Schrammel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Tine Schrammel
    Pages 1-7
  3. Tine Schrammel
    Pages 8-50
  4. Tine Schrammel
    Pages 191-216
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 217-267

About this book


Transition economies, such as the countries in Southeast Europe, face an expeditious institutional transition from a centrally planned to a market economy. The state withdraws from its monitoring function, which results in institutional voids that affect the economy in general and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in specific. With a qualitative case study approach Tine Schrammel develops a scheme to detect institutional voids as one source of competitive disadvantages of SMEs in transition economies. In a second step she demonstrates that specific cluster services bridge institutional voids and improve the competitive position of SMEs in environments of institutional voids. The findings add to the understanding of institutional voids and to the role of clusters in transition economies.


  • Environments of institutional voids
  • Case studies from Southeast Europe
  • Cluster support

Target Groups

  • Lecturers and students of business administration with focus on international management, regional development and development cooperation
  • Cluster Managers, Policy Makers, and SMEs from and entering into Southeast Europe

The Author

Tine Schrammel received her PhD from the University of Passau, where she was affiliated with the Chair of International Management (Prof. Dr. Carola Jungwirth). She worked for development cooperation in Southeast Europe.


Cluster Fallstudien Institutionelle Lücken KMU Südosteuropa

Authors and affiliations

  • Tine Schrammel
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl Internationales ManagementUniversität PasauPassauGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-05724-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-05725-1
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