Clusters, Networks, and Innovation

Paperback | July 28, 2007

EditorStefano Breschi, Franco Malerba

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Governments and regional authorities often express the belief that the key to prosperity and economic expansion is related to the ability of countries to sustain regional clusters of competitiveness and innovation. The book reviews the most important conceptual approaches to the analysis ofthe emergence, growth and evolution of clusters of innovation. Drawing from the different experiences of industrial districts and high-tech regions such as Silicon Valley, Boston's biotech region, and Hsinchu-Taipei, the contributions in this book offer a broad interpretative framework and policyimplications for the creation and strengthening of competitive clusters. Themes include: * the wide variety of existing clusters and the diversity in their emergence and growth;* the international mobility of factors and demand linkages;* the role of different network types and the social setting;* the accumulation of capabilities in key large actors and the importance of spinoffs and new firm formation;* the role of different learning regimes and sectoral specificities;* the importance of social networks, labour mobility, and face-to-face contacts as vehicles of knowledge spillovers. Broad implications are drawn for the design of policies to encourage successful economic clusters in developed and developing clusters.

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Governments and regional authorities often express the belief that the key to prosperity and economic expansion is related to the ability of countries to sustain regional clusters of competitiveness and innovation. The book reviews the most important conceptual approaches to the analysis ofthe emergence, growth and evolution of cluster...

Stefano Breschi is an Associate Professor of Applied Economics at Universita L.Bocconi and a member of the Board of Directors at Cespri-Bocconi, Milan, Italy. He has published in various international journals. His main research interests concern economics of innovation, industrial economics, industrial dynamics, regional economics, n...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:July 28, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Stefano Breschi and Franco Malerba: Introduction: Clusters, Networks, and Innovation: Research Results and New DirectionsPart I: New Perspectives on Clusters and Networks1. Robin Cowan: Network Models of Innovation and Knowledge Diffusion2. Giulio Bottazzi, Giorgio Fagiolo, and Giovanni Dosi: On Sectoral Specificities in the Geography of Corporate Location3. Philip Cooke: Regional Knowledge Capabilities and Open Innovation: Regional Innovation Systems and Cluster in the Asymmetric Knowledge EconomyPart II: Emergence of Clusters and Entrepreneurship4. Timothy Breshanan, Alfonso Gambardella, and AnnaLee Saxenian: 'Old Economy' Inputs for 'New Economy' Outcomes: Cluster Formation in the New Silicon Valleys5. Maryann P. Feldman: The Entrepreneurial Event Revisited: Firm Formation in a Regional Context6. Mark H. Lazerson and Gianni Lorenzoni: The Firms that Feed Industrial Districts: A Return to the Italian Source7. Steven Klepper: Employee Startups in High-Tech IndustriesPart III: Institutions, Local Communities, National and International Networks8. AnnaLee Saxenian and Jinn-Yuh Hsu: The Silicon Vally-Hsinchu Connection: Technical Communities and Industrial Upgrading9. Kellye Porter, Kjersten Bunker Whittington, and Walter W. Powell: The Institutional Embeddedness of High-Tech Regions: Relational Foundations of the Boston Biotechnology Community10. Olav Sorenson: Social Networks and the Persistence of Clusters: Evidence from the Computer Workstation IndustryPart IV: Localization of Knowledge Spillovers11. Micahel Storper and Anhony J. Venables: Buzz: Face-to-face Contact and the Urban Economy12. Stefano Breschi, Francesco Lissoni, and Fabio Montobbio: The Geography of Knowledge Spillovers: Conceptual Issues and Measurement Problems13. James D. Adams: Comparative Localizattion of Academic and Industrial SpilloversPart V: Public Policies Towards Clusters14. Peter Maskell: Towards a Knowledge-Based Theory of the Geographical Cluster15. Ron Martin and Peter Sunley: Deconstructing Clusters: Chaotic Concept or Policy Panacea

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Review from previous edition: "Overall, this is an excellent book. Like a handbook, it brings together excellent essays from some of the most eminent scholars in the field. This text should become an essential source of reference for students and academics and for professionals in thedevelopment trade, and will be much referenced and cited in the future - a must for economic geography libraries." --Entrepreneurship and Innovation