Cooperation, Clusters, and Knowledge Transfer

Universities and Firms Towards Regional Competitiveness

  • João J.M. Ferreira
  • Mário Raposo
  • Roel Rutten
  • Attila Varga

Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Inter-Firm Cooperation and (Regional) Clusters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Frank Lasch, Frank Robert, Frédéric Le Roy, Roy Thurik
      Pages 3-17
    3. Juan J. Jimenez-Moreno, Ricardo Martínez-Cañas, Pablo Ruiz-Palomino, Francisco J. Sáez-Martínez
      Pages 19-34
    4. João J. M. Ferreira, Mário L. Raposo, Cristina I. Fernandes
      Pages 81-102
  3. Entrepreneurial Activities, Innovation and Regional Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Roel Rutten, Dessy Irawati
      Pages 127-140
    3. José Adriano, Paula Fernandes, Humberto Sampaio, Joana Lopes
      Pages 163-177
  4. Knowledge Transfers Between University and Industry

About this book


Cooperation and clusters have become the guiding paradigms for explaining and promoting regional competitiveness, but the cooperation process between firms and universities and the transfer of knowledge in guiding and nurturing regional competitiveness has received relatively little attention. This book strives to fill this gap in highlighting the connection between inter-firm cooperation in regional clusters, innovation and regional networks, and the role of universities in them . It goes beyond the traditional economic approach of clusters and includes ‘soft factors’ in the explanation of regional competitiveness, and connects the literature on clusters to the literature of learning and knowledge creation as sources of regional competitiveness. It aims to foster an international and interdisciplinary exchange of perspectives by presenting current developments, case studies, best practices as well as new integrated theoretical approaches and applications.


Clusters Cooperation Entrepreneurship Innovation Knowledge Transfer

Editors and affiliations

  • João J.M. Ferreira
    • 1
  • Mário Raposo
    • 2
  • Roel Rutten
    • 3
  • Attila Varga
    • 4
  1. 1., Management and EconomicsUniversity of Beira interiorCovilhãPortugal
  2. 2., Management and EconomicsUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal
  3. 3., School of Social & Behavioural SciencesTilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands
  4. 4., Economics and Regional StudiesUniversity of PécsPécsHungary

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-33193-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-33194-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9602
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