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.
Table of Contents
Part I. Cluster network advantage and organizational relationships
1. Agglomerations, clusters and industrial districts: Evolution and opportunities for future research. 2. Polish clusters: the impact of intra-cluster cooperation facilitated by cluster organisations on SMEs’ competitiveness. 3. Sitting in the dock of the industrial district. The role of supporting organizations in the transmission of information and knowledge. 4. The location in a science park and firm innovative performance: The importance of moderating variables. 5. Spin-Offs and Clusters: an application to the information technology sector in Brazil and Spain.
Part II. Clusters and internationalization: local firms in global contexts
6. Globalization strategies and economic performances in Italian industrial districts. 7. A cluster’s internationalization platform as a springboard for internationalization of firms in the age of digitalization. 8. The emergence of a compatriot agglomeration – a multiple case study of FDI location decision making. 9. Multinationals and entrepreneurship: the case of Indian IT services clusters. 10. Emerging country multinationals in the Spanish hotel industry. An analysis from the tourist districts theory.
Francisco Puig is Associate Professor in the Department of Management of the University of Valencia (Spain). He is the coordinator of the research group GESTOR (Organizational Geostrategy: Clusters and Competitiveness). His research focuses on the intersection of location, strategy and performance. He has published in journals such as International Business Review, Management International Review, the International Small Business Journal, European Planning Studies and International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, among others.
Berrbizne Urzelai is a Team Coach and Lecturer at the Department of Business Management, University of the West of England, Bristol (UK). She holds an International PhD (Hons) in Economics and Business Management, on the research line of entrepreneurship, innovation and territory (University of Valencia). Her research focuses on foreign direct investment, country-of-origin clusters, social capital and agglomeration economies.