Cluster Initiatives within the European Context: Intermediary Actors and Development process
2015 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Cluster initiatives can be seen as intermediaries that drive networks among triple helix actors. This paper investigates how cluster initiatives intermediate within a triple helix context in terms of actors’ involvement and dependency patterns between their maturity and member enrolment. A sample of 253 European initiatives was contacted of which 136 (53%) responded. The results show that two factors influence attraction of new target members in cluster initiatives: namely age of the initiative and the presence of key players and support groups. Our findings lead to a number of implications for policymakers, such as the importance of long-term financing of well-functioning cluster initiatives despite their age.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cluster initiatives, intermediaries, triple helix actors, development process
Economics and Business Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-121713DiVA: diva2:858433