Cluster Initiatives within the European Context: Stimulating Policies for Regional Development Dreams
2015 (English)In: New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium / [ed] Aard Groen, Gary Cook and Peter Van Der Sijde, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015, 147-170 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
This chapter aims to enrich knowledge about cluster initiatives acting as intermediaries primarily between members in a cluster or in regional context. This is a practically oriented manuscript written to contribute to refinement of existing policies by proposing recommendations based on recent empirical studies regarding funding, actors’ and activities’ content, as well as cluster initiatives’ assessment. It is proposed that public support should be balanced, targeting new as well as established, well-functioning cluster initiatives. Furthermore, regional authorities should encourage multifaceted collaboration (e.g., Triple Helix), stimulate variation in activities to maximize the benefit of cluster initiatives as well as define and communicate success factors that make it possible to evaluate cluster initiatives from a holistic perspective. These recommendations are primary aimed for regional authorities and reflect a bottom-up perspective where both logic of initiatives’ actions and their development are captured. Yet, even national authorities can make use of the recommendations in this chapter to improve governance of cluster initiatives and to determine further directions of regional policies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. 147-170 p.
, New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium, ISSN 1876-0228 ; 11
Economics and Business Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121714DOI: 10.1108/S1876-022820150000011015ISBN: 978-1-78560-033-3 (print)ISBN: 978-1-78560-032-6 (online)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-121714DiVA: diva2:858444