The Historical Development of Clusters

The Historical Development of Clusters

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Economic agglomeration and its impact on regional development is often painted as a firmly contemporary phenomenon but the forces that lead to the development of innovation and business clusters can also be tracked back decades and even centuries. In this process, stakeholder groups, institutions, and macro-environmental drivers shape cluster-level and regional outcomes over the long-term. However, far from resulting from a slow, careful process of planning and strategy, clusters are often shaped as a response to sudden events and can be viewed as the product of crisis management they can hence be seen as organic phenomena. In order to illustrate this, the authors draw from regional and planning studies, economic geography, evolutionary economics, business and economic history to highlight the historical trajectory of the business cluster."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 Tables, black and white; 10 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138831174
  • 9781138831179

About Edward Kasabov

Edward Kasabov is Associate Professor at the University of Exeter Business School, United Kingdom Usha Sundaram is Senior Lecturer with the Department of Marketing and Advertising with the Faculty of Business Environment and Society at Coventry University, United Kingdom
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Table of contents

1. Tracing the Origins of Sensibilities about Regions and Clusters  2. An Assessment of Extant Regional and Cluster Theories  3. History and Crisis Management in Regional and Cluster Scholarship  4. Coventry’s Economy and Clusters in the early Mediaeval Period  5. The Region and its Clusters in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period  6. Coventry’s Region and its Clusters in Modernity and Beyond  7. Lessons for Regional Policy and Cluster Governance  8. On the Future of Theories of Regions and Clusters  9. Conclusion
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