This volume shows that in today's globalized world, clusters are an important factor in explaining the different growth rates of firms, cities and regions. Drawing on the expertise of an international contributor team, it covers topics such as clusters and small and medium-sized enterprise competitiveness, innovation and science parks, clusters and multinationals, and information and communication technology clusters. It reveals great diversity in terms of the origin of clusters, the organizational relationships at play, and the characteristics of the firms involved. Taking lessons from a rich variety of literature and empirical cases, the book provides valuable insights for regional development and industrial policy.
Economic Clusters and Globalization will be of interest to scholars and policymakers in economic geography, regional studies, entrepreneurship and international business.
List of Figures List of Tables List of Maps Preface Francisco Puig Berrbizne Urzelai Acknowledgements PART 1 Cluster network advantage and organizational relationships Chapter 1: Agglomerations, clusters and industrial districts: Evolution and opportunities for future research Miguel Gonzalez-Loureiro Francisco Puig Berrbizne Urzelai Chapter 2: Polish clusters: the impact of intra-cluster cooperation facilitated by cluster organisations on SMEs competitiveness Barbara Jankowska Marta Götz
Chapter 3: Sitting in the dock of the industrial district. The role of supporting organizations in the transmission of information and knowledge Xavier Molina-Morales
Luis Martínez-Cháfer David Valiente-Bordanova Josep Capó-Vicedo Chapter 4: The location in a science park and firm innovative performance: The importance of moderating variables Eva Pelechano-Barahona Rocío González-Sánchez Fernando E. García-Muiña Chapter 5: Spin-Offs and Clusters: an application to the information technology sector in Brazil and Spain Flávio M. Coelho-Borges Valmir E. Hoffmann Maria T. Martinez-Fernández PART 2: Clusters and internationalization: local firms in global contexts
Chapter 6: Globalization strategies and economic performances in Italian industrial districts Marco Bettiol Mauro Capestro Maria T. Chiarvesio Eleonora Di Maria Chapter 7: A cluster’s internationalization platform as a springboard for internationalization of firms in the age of digitalization Aihie Osarenkhoe Daniella jellstróm Chapter 8: The emergence of a compatriot agglomeration – a multiple case study of FDI location decision making Markus Laine Chapter 9: Multinationals and entrepreneurship: the case of Indian IT services clusters Polavarapu M. Rao Chapter 10: Emerging country multinationals in the Spanish hotel industry. An analysis from the tourist districts theory Bartolomé Marco-Lajara Enrique Claver-Cortés Mercedes Úbeda-García Francisco García-Lillo Patrocinio del Carmen Zaragoza-Sáez Index