Paper Title
Mapping the Relations Between the Actors in Innovative Industrial Clusters. An Example from Automotive Industry

The study aims to underline the relations between the actors of an innovative industrial cluster. To reveal the relations and their characteristics in an industrial cluster the members of the Association of Automotive Partsand Components Manufacturers of Turkey (TAYSAD) has been selected as the target group. The methodology for the data collection is structured in-depth interview with the sample group. 33 members of the TAYSAD has been interviewed at the top management level. The results of the study show us that the links between the different actors of the cluster (firms, suppliers, political, users and others) tend to have different strengths. However, there is no dominant relations that come forward to define the links between the actors of the cluster. Keywords - Innovation, industrial cluster, relation mapping