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Industrial Clusters and Inter-Firm Networks

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, Börje Johansson, Professor of Economics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Jönköping and Director, CESIS (Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and Roger R. Stough, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University, US
This book provides a state-of-the-art overview of spatial industrial clusters and inter-firm networks. Given the prevailing political belief that clusters can be a major vehicle for economic development and growth, it is important to have a sound understanding of clusters and how they emerge, grow, eventually stagnate and disappear.
Extent: 520 pp
Hardback Price: £136.00 Web: £122.40
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84542 010 9
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Industrial Economics
  • Regional Economics
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Clusters
  • Regional Economics
This book provides a state-of-the-art overview of spatial industrial clusters and inter-firm networks. Given the prevailing political belief that clusters can be a major vehicle for economic development and growth, it is important to have a sound understanding of clusters and how they emerge, grow, eventually stagnate and disappear. It is also vital to know when and how to apply policy measures to support cluster development in order to increase economic welfare. This book illuminates both the theoretical and empirical issues relating to clusters and inter-firm networks, and presents a number of interesting case studies from a variety of different countries.

The authors study a number of important issues including interaction within and between clusters, the spatial dimensions and characteristics of this interaction, the factors which contribute to cluster formation, and the conditions and policies conducive to the development and sustainability of successful clusters. They also investigate whether firms in clusters perform better than those that are excluded, and illustrate how the importance of clusters can vary significantly between different industries. The authors go on to address the role of clusters in knowledge spillovers and their implications for the functioning of the overall economy, and highlight the effect of new information and communications technologies on cluster configurations and operations.

Regional economists, economic geographers and regional scientists will welcome this comprehensive new volume. It will also be a useful reference tool for policymakers and planners involved in industrial and regional economic development.
‘The book will be useful for advanced graduate students in fields such as geography, regional planning and economics, and for post-doctoral and faculty researchers. . . This book serves as an important source of theoretical and empirical issues related to clusters and inter-firm networks. . .’
– Silas Gechuki Tora and Christine Nolan, Papers in Regional Science

‘This well-edited volume should be on the shelf of every regional development agency library. Its seventeen chapters written by 31 predominantly academic contributors are divided into four coherent sections: the first on cluster and network modelling, the next on empirical analysis, a third on case studies, finishing with two chapters on policy analysis and strategies.’
– Tony Jackson, Journal of Economic Development
Contributors: V. Albino, B. Alecke, C. Alsleben, P. Assmo, F. Buendía, N. Carbonara, G.A.S. Cook, A.P. Cornett, G. Fuchs, I. Giannoccaro, I.R. Gordon, B. Johansson, C. Karlsson, J.Y. Kim, A. Koch, S. Kühtz, J. Lembke, T. Litzenberger, P. McCann, M.-P. Menzel, K. Merdem, A. Östhol, N.R. Pandit, F. Scharr, B. Scozzi, N.K. Sørensen, R. Sternberg, R.Ø. Strøm, R.R. Stough, G. Untiedt, G. Yang
Contents:
1. Industrial Clusters and Inter-Firm Networks: An Introduction
Part I: Cluster and Network Modelling
2. Clusters, Innovation and Regional Development: An Analysis of Current Theories and Evidence
3. Industrial Districts as Complex Adaptive Systems: Agent-based Models of Emergent Phenomena
4. Towards a System Dynamics-Based Theory of Industrial Clusters
5. Parsing the Menagerie of Agglomeration and Network Externalities
6. Cognitive Maps on Sustainable Development in Industrial Districts: A Pilot Study
Part II: Empirical Analysis of Clusters
7. The Clustering of the British Financial Services Industry
8. Governance Mechanisms in the Liquid Packaging Industry
9. Biotechnology and Multimedia: Cluster Development in New Industries
10. Regional Clusters and Entrepreneurial Activities: Empirical Evidence from German Regions
11. A Preliminary Analysis of Functional and Spatial Clustering: The Case of the Baltimore Metropolitan Region
12. New Evidence on the Geographic Concentration of German Industries
Part III: Case Studies
13. Regional Partnerships for the Biotech Sector: North Carolina and Sweden
14. The Formation of Clustering of Direct Foreign Investment and its Role of Inter-Firm Networks in China: Case Study of Qingdao Development Zones
15. Networks and Technologies in an Emerging Cluster: The Case of Bioinstruments in Jena
Part IV: Cluster Policy Analysis and Strategies
16. Creative Clusters – Ideas and Realities for Cluster Growth: The Example of Film in Väst in the Region of Västra Göteland, Sweden
17. Regional Development: A Survey of Innovation and Clusters in Western Denmark
Index