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Cluster Genesis: Technology-Based Industrial Development
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics (closed 20110301). (Nationalekonomi)
2007 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This book examines the origins and emergence of technology-based industrial clusters - regional concentrations of related firms and organizations - in order to understand the forces that promoted economic development. Many places attempt to emulate the world’s most famous industrial cluster Silicon Valley, with its rich institutional landscape of engaged and leveraged research universities, high-flying local venture capitalists, world class supporting business and legal consultants, and rich collaborative networks. While mature clusters may look similar, what really matters is the process by which clusters come into existence. But there is little understanding of such processes, and little guidance provided on the role of policies in promoting cluster emergence. The book attempts to bridge this gap in the literature by focusing on the early origins of high-technology cluster in Europe, the United States, and China, and the ensuing policy implications. The book is organized around three main themes: Creation Myths Revisited, Considering the Development Cluster Context, and Crafting Cluster and Economic Development Policy. The empirical analyses suggest that clusters that grow rapidly as compared to the less successful ones are distinguished by vigorous entrepreneurial activity and the active building of institutions aided by the forces of agglomeration economies.

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Oxford University Press , 2007. , 352 p.
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Silicon Valley, economic development, high-technology, entrepreneurship, policy, entrepreneurs, agglomeration economies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-161858DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207183.001.0001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84919976965ISBN: 9780191708886; 9780199207183OAI: diva2:796166

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Available from: 2015-03-18 Created: 2015-03-17 Last updated: 2015-03-18Bibliographically approved

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