Clusters in Times of Uncertainty

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Clusters in Times of Uncertainty

Japanese and European Perspectives

9781035315758 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Luciana Lazzeretti, Professor of Economics and Management, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy, Tamane Ozeki, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Urban Management, Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan, Silvia Rita Sedita, Professor of Management, Department of Economics and Management, University of Padova and Francesco Capone, Associate Professor of Management, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy
Publication Date: April 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03531 575 8 Extent: c 288 pp
Delivering a global perspective, Clusters in Times of Uncertainty follows the transformation of clusters in a world defined by digital collaboration and green economies. In this innovative book, contributors deconstruct and compare examples from Japan and Europe to explore the opportunities and challenges that clusters present in our modern age.

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Delivering a global perspective, Clusters in Times of Uncertainty follows the transformation of clusters in a world defined by digital collaboration and green economies. In this innovative book, contributors deconstruct and compare examples from Japan and Europe to explore the opportunities and challenges that clusters present in our modern age.

Experts from economics and regional studies highlight the potential of cluster ecosystems for sustainable growth and societal well-being. A diverse range of rigorous analyses are implemented to address pressing issues such as environmental concerns, circular economy practices, social inclusion, and digital technologies. Chapters feature international case studies ranging from the Sapporo Valley cluster in Japan, to Polish National Key Clusters, to collaborations between Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Overarching phenomena such as B Corps are examined, as well as the inclusion of arts and crafts to promote sustainable practices and to enrich the cultural fabric and overall competitiveness of creative clusters.

Clusters in Times of Uncertainty is a valuable resource for understanding how clusters can foster resilient and sustainable economies. It provides creative insights and practical implications for academics studying economics of innovation, industrial and regional economics, and regional studies, as well as for policymakers and practitioners involved in regional development and economic growth.
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‘Original, engaging, and appealing to researchers and policymakers, this book introduces complexity and uncertainty into the analysis of clusters. For the first time, it provides a comprehensive comparison of the trends reshaping the transformation of European and Japanese clusters.’
– Rafael Boix Domènech, University of Valencia, Spain

‘This book provides a new and essential perspective not found in existing cluster-related research books, and explores enhancing the cluster function and improving its effectiveness. At its core, this serves to share and extend social values and provide a spiritual axis for cluster stakeholders. I believe the results of the research are more persuasive and realistic than the previous Creative Cities theory.’
– Tadashi Yagi, Doshisha University, Kyoto City, Japan

‘An original volume, where the resilience of clusters and industrial districts in Japan, Italy, Poland, and Latin America is explored, enhanced by investigating (eco)innovation, creativity, and wider communication channels, which stir successful responses to current epochal transformations, namely globalization and climate change.’
– Davide Parrilli, Bournemouth University, UK
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Contributors include: Jun Akabane, Futoshi Akiba, Roberto Antonietti, Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod, Filippo Baldetti, Paola Beccherle, Silvia Blasi, Mattia Buggio, Francesco Capone, David Fanton, Pablo Galaso, Niccolò Innocenti, Hiroki Kamata, Hirotoshi Kishi, Luciana Lazzeretti, Anna Lis, Marta Mackiewicz, Atsuko Maeda, Keizo Matsumura, Lucrezia Maria Mecenero, Yoshio Mochizuki, Stefania Oliva, Moet Onodera, Tamane Ozeki, Sergio Palomeque, Andrea Porta, Masayuki Sasaki, Yuho Sasamori, Masako Sawayanagi, Silvia Rita Sedita, Giovanna Segre, Italo Trevisan, Anna Wendt, Jin-ichiro Yamada, Vincenco Zampi
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