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Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Professor Emeritus of the Economics of Technological Change, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University and Professor Emeritus of Industrial Economics, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Clusters have increasingly dominated local and regional development policies in recent decades and the growing intellectual and political interest for clusters and clustering is the prime motivation for this Handbook.

Charlie Karlsson unites leading experts to present a thorough overview of economic cluster research.
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Publication Date: 2008
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Publication Date: 2010
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Regional Economics
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Clusters
  • Regional Economics
Clusters have increasingly dominated local and regional development policies in recent decades and the growing intellectual and political interest for clusters and clustering is the prime motivation for this Handbook.

Charlie Karlsson unites leading experts to present a thorough overview of economic cluster research. Topics explored include agglomeration and cluster theory, methods for analysing clusters, clustering in different spatial contexts and clustering in service industries. Encompassing the developed economies of Europe and North America, the Handbook provides a basis for improving cluster policy formulation, interpretation and analyses.

This comprehensive overview of research on economic clusters will be of interest to scholars and PhD students in (regional) economics, economic geography, regional planning and management as well as practitioners and policymakers at the national, regional and local levels involved in cluster formation and cluster management.
‘The Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory is exactly the type of book that I wish had been available when I embarked upon my PhD. . . the Handbook brings together in one place a range of stimulating viewpoints on clustering, and its implications for urban and regional development. As such, it is an excellent grounding in cluster theory for both new students and established researchers new to the field. . . the 18 chapters within provide a valuable reference for those wishing to get to grips with the academic debate surrounding cluster formation and perpetuation; as such, the Handbook would be a valuable addition to many bookshelves.’
– Jonathan Reades, Environment and Planning B

‘Karlsson has assembled a strong mix of papers that collectively provide a good sense of some of the latest research in the field.’
– Edward Feser, Review of Regional Studies

‘This is a book every regional scientist and spatial analyst should have on their bookshelf. Like most Handbook type publications it provides depth and breadth on the basics of the industrial clustering concept. However, unlike most of these type of collections, it goes beyond the foundation material to identify and speculate on questions that are emerging on the research frontiers such as at the intersection of cluster theory and agglomeration processes, knowledge spillovers and technology transfer – not to mention the obvious link to economic development theory, policy and practice.’
– Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, US

‘This eclectic volume presents a host of methods to describe tendencies for the joint location of economic agents in space. And it illustrates useful applications of these concepts in diverse fields – financial services, culture, tourism, and industry, to name just a few.’
– John M. Quigley, University of California, US
Contributors: T.T. Aldridge, A. Almasri, Å.E. Andersson, D.E. Andersson, A. Atherton, D.B. Audretsch, H. Bathelt, E.M. Bergman, G. Cainelli, G.A.S. Cook, F. De Beule, P. Desrochers, U. Forslund, D. Guo, G.J.D. Hewings, G.-J. Hospers, B. Johansson, A. Johnston, C. Karlsson, P. McCann, E.J. Michael, N.R. Pandit, K.R. Polenske, F. Sautet, G. Shukur, M. Sonis, G.M.P. Swann, F. Tödtling, M. Trippl, D. Van Den Bulke, H. Zhang
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction
Charlie Karlsson

PART I: AGGLOMERATION AND CLUSTER THEORY
2. Agglomeration Economics
Philip McCann

3. The Analysis of Location, Colocation and Urbanization Economies
Börje Johansson and Ulla Forslund

4. The Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship and Spatial Clusters
David B. Audretsch and T. Taylor Aldridge

5. Knowledge-based Clusters: Regional Multiplier Models and the Role of ‘Buzz’ and ‘Pipelines’
Harald Bathelt

6. Clusters Formation from the ‘Bottom-Up’: A Process Perspective
Andrew Atherton and Andrew Johnston

7. Cluster Life-cycles: An Emerging Synthesis
Edward M. Bergman

8. Clustering in Space versus Dispersing over Space
Karen R. Polenske

PART II: CLUSTER RESEARCH METHODS
9. Industrial Clusters in the Input–Output Economic System
Michael Sonis, Geoffrey J.D. Hewings and Dong Guo

10. Cluster Using Wavelet Transformation
Abdullah Almasri and Ghazi Shukur

PART III: CLUSTERS IN DIFFERENT SPATIAL CONTEXTS
11. Industrial Districts: Theoretical and Empirical Insights
Giulio Cainelli

12. Cluster Renewal in Old Industrial Regions: Continuity or Radical Change?
Michaela Trippl and Franz Tödtling

13. The Reciprocal Relationship between Transnationals and Clusters: A Literature Review
Filip De Beule, Daniël Van Den Bulcke and Haiyan Zhang

14. Diversity and the Case Against Specialized Clusters
Pierre Desrochers, Frédéric Sautet and Gert-Jan Hospers

PART IV: SECTORAL CLUSTERS
15. Clustering in Financial Services
Naresh R. Pandit, Gary A.S. Cook and G.M. Peter Swann

16. Spatial Clustering of Culture
David Emanuel Andersson and Åke E. Andersson

17. Clustering in the Broadcasting Industry
Gary A.S. Cook and Naresh R. Pandit

18. Tourism Clusters
Ewen J. Michael

Index