liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Catching regional development dreams: a study of cluster initiatives as intermediaries
Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5960-9270
Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9938-8839
2012 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 20, no 11, 1909-1921 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on actors and activities of cluster initiatives which are intermediaries within clusters of similar and related firms. A case study method is used; the cases show that their success and longevity depend to a large extent on their actors sharing a common vision. It is proposed that actors involved in cluster initiatives can be categorised according to a typology consisting of key players, target and support groups. Managing cluster initiatives requires striking a balance between well-developed and anchored targeted activities and experimental activities exploring future needs. This requires some openness and flexibility within the shared vision. Cluster initiatives can therefore be viewed as dream-catchers that rather than control and govern the clusters perform a more subtle role of gathering and visualizing potential opportunities in regional contexts and articulating and realizing them through an entrepreneurial process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 20, no 11, 1909-1921 p.
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80106DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.725161ISI: 000310309800009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80106DiVA: diva2:545594
Available from: 2012-08-20 Created: 2012-08-20 Last updated: 2017-12-07
In thesis
1. Cluster Initiatives as Intermediaries: A Study of their Management and Stakeholders
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cluster Initiatives as Intermediaries: A Study of their Management and Stakeholders
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation offers a platform to understand the nature of cluster initiatives as a socio-economic phenomenon combining cluster, entrepreneurship and intermediary features. They are particular types of ventures facilitating networks and dialog platforms adjusted to local contexts and offering a way to enhance regional development. The success of clusters and regions is shaped by the degree they are based on and involve entrepreneurial activity, which is viewed here under the prism of cluster initiatives. This dissertation uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to study various organizational aspects of cluster initiatives and their intermediary role as well as providing recommendations for the management and support of these organizations. It is based on five papers written by the author of the dissertation solely and in collaboration with other scholars where the level of analysis is focused on cluster initiatives. Based on empirical material from the papers this dissertation brings together both the structural and organizational content of cluster initiatives by providing evidence in the areas of actors and relationships, mode of organization and intermediary specific, assessment and management as well as policy.

This work has generated the following conclusions: firstly, cluster initiatives represent organizations bringing together a four-faceted constellation of interrelated actors (i.e. the initiative itself, key player, support and target group), through organization of intermediary activities. Secondly, these organizations are organized as temporary projects, but being able to attract many members and to satisfy their needs through diversified and innovative activities can help them to achieve longevity. The longevity of initiatives can also be supported by policy, which in order to become effective, should include a long-term perspective and bottom-up approach. And finally, the study proposes a model of five central qualitative success factors to be used for the assessment and management of the initiatives, which together depict a holistic picture of their functioning. This model contains elements such as idea, driving forces, activities, organization and critical mass. The two models of interrelated actors and of success factors form the main contribution of this work. Extending the stream of studies this dissertation raises awareness and calls for recognition of cluster initiatives as important actors working in-between the boundaries of other organizations and institutions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015. 90 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1690
Keyword
Cluster, cluster initiatives, intermediary organization, regional development, entrepreneurship, success factors, actors/stakeholders and activities
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121631 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-121631 (DOI)978-91-7685-997-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-10-30, ACAS, A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 09:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
PIE/HELIX
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2015-10-02 Created: 2015-09-29 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(322 kB)381 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 322 kBChecksum SHA-512
f140c4262fe8fbe4e97309ff6a88436ef93ae18d35e8cece4308544b5778d9344c63afd3e2733d6166f1a73e19fd2b06bcc15fb15512f74c0c56c91b516249cb
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records BETA

Laur, InessaKlofsten, MagnusBienkowska, Dzamila

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Laur, InessaKlofsten, MagnusBienkowska, Dzamila
By organisation
HELIX Vinn Excellence CentreProject management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship Faculty of Arts and Sciences
In the same journal
European Planning Studies
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 381 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 216 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf