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A Life Cycle for Clusters?

The Dynamics of Agglomeration, Change, and Adaption

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Part of the book series: Contributions to Economics (CE)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. The rationale for studying cluster dynamics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
  3. Literature review — The benefits of co-location

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 19-19
  4. Towards a complexity perspective on clusters

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 57-57
  5. Model development — Clusters as complex adaptive systems

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 93-93
  6. Division of labour, co-ordination and cluster adaptation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 133-133
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 175-246

About this book

The phenomenon of non-random spatial concentrations of firms in one or few related sectors (clusters) is intensively debated in economic theory and policy. The euphoria about successful clusters however neglects that historically, many thriving clusters did deteriorate into old industrial areas. This book studies the determinants of cluster survival by analyzing their adaptability to change in the economic environment. Linking theoretic knowledge with empirical observations, a simulation model (based in the N/K method) is developed, which explains when and why the cluster's architecture assists or hampers adaptability. It is found that architectures with intermediate degrees of division of labour and more collective governance forms foster adaptability. Cluster development is thus path dependent as architectures having evolved over time impact on the likelihood of future survival.

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Cluster
  • Clusters
  • Complex Systems
  • N/K Model
  • Simulation Modelling
  • development

Authors and Affiliations

  • D-MTEC, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

    Kerstin Press

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eBook USD 89.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-7908-1763-8
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Softcover Book USD 119.99
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