Starting regional development: the case for Black Pearls

Haoatai, Heinarii, and Monypenny, Richard (2007) Starting regional development: the case for Black Pearls. In: Proceedings of the 11th SEGRA Conference 2007. pp. 1-11. From: 11th SEGRA Conference 2007, 17-19 September 2007, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

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This paper is of general application using the Black Pearl Industry as an example. This paper is a scoping paper on some regional development aspects of the Tahitian Black Pearl Industry in French Polynesia. This paper answers the following three questions: a) Why is the development of the Black Pearl industry an important topic? b) What are some of the main aspects of the literature that can be used to help us understand this industry? c) What are some of the emerging research ideas that could be undertaken? The outcome of this scoping paper has been the undertaking of a Bachelor of Business honours thesis and the identification of a couple of possible future PhD topics. The learning from doing this scoping paper is that a scoping paper is a very useful way to give a wide overview of a new venture into a little known industry, to prioritize the use of limited resources and to explore where to go next. The planned future directions and actions are to publish the outcome of the honours thesis and to prepare for a confirmation Seminar for a PhD thesis. The potential spillovers for the industry are the encouragement of and opportunity for local residents to develop economic research skills that are not available in French Polynesia that could be useful to the industry. Possible spillovers outside the industry are that this paper is a sample of an approach that can be used to start initial work in a new industry or in a new region.

Item ID: 1812
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9802833-4-1
Keywords: regional development; industry study; scoping paper
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This version of the paper is the version in the Proceedings (depositor). Conference theme "Changing Regions: the road to success"

Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2008
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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