Industry and Knowledge Clusters

  • Thomas Andersson
  • Martin G. Curley
  • Piero Formica
Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)


Clusters can be likened to the living organisms in the rainforest populated by a vast number of species with wide range, such as the parasite, the predator, the symbiont, and the table companion, which will be described in the following paragraph. In the rainforest internal design, which means relationships, is what is valuable. The quality of relationships in a cluster is heavily affected by social capital, which tends to reflect the special characteristics of a particular cluster community in terms of mores, manners, and in the hearts and minds of those who live in it. Social capital thus differs from cluster to cluster, and each cluster is unique – as is the case in a rainforest, where only one of two identical organisms survives. Clusters are “one-of-a-kind,” and not “one-size-fits-all,” living organisms.


Social Capital Industrial District Nascent Entrepreneur Entrepreneurial Education Growth Pole 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Andersson
    • 1
  • Martin G. Curley
    • 2
  • Piero Formica
    • 3
  1. 1.Jönköping Int. Business School, Jönköping UniversityJönköpingSweden
  2. 2.Intel Corporation and National University of IrelandMaynoothIreland
  3. 3.Jönköping University International Entrepreneurship AcademyBolognaItaly

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