Entrepreneurship and Cluster Dynamics focuses on the origin and development of clusters and specifically on the role played by the strategic entrepreneurship in these contexts. Although separately entrepreneurship and cluster studies have already attracted the attention of academics and practitioners; this book aims to go further and offer an integrated and interactive view of topics.
The cross-cutting approach is one of the main attributes of this book. In fact, the book involves a great range of organizational and economic perspectives, from social psychology to conventional applied economics disciplines. Moreover, these topics allow the use of different levels of analysis, from the individual entrepreneur behind a start-up to the structure of cluster networks, including the organizational levels.
An analysis of the change and development of clusters going further than traditional functional approaches by examining how entrepreneurs and their actions are not only influenced by the cluster but also shape the cluster development, will offer an explanation of how entrepreneurship and networking entrepreneurs can foster, perhaps also inhibit, cluster development and change. Finally Entrepreneurship and Cluster Dynamics theorizes about the role of the strategic entrepreneurship in developing start-ups inside already established companies, which can play the role of broker in the cluster.
Entrepreneurship and Cluster Dynamics offers a unique opportunity to academics, researchers, and students to learn about relations and interactions between entrepreneurship and cluster perspectives, providing both newly and original theoretical propositions and also rigorous conclusive empirical exercises.
Table of Contents
1. Entrepreneurship and Firm-Cluster Interactions: New Insights
Cristina Boari, Tom Elfring, and F. Xavier Molina-Morales
2. How Networks Evolve During Advanced Stages of the Cluster Life Cycle?
José Antonio Belso-Martinez
3. Cluster Management Organizations (CMOs) as Intermediary Actors of Co-evolution between Clusters and Entrepreneurial Firms
4. Collaborative Relationships Developing in Cluster Management
5. Network Characteristics and Cluster Innovative Performance
Chiara D’Alise and Luca Giustiniano
6. How Does a Networked Business Incubator Fuel Cluster Emergence? A Theoretical Discussion and an Empirical Illustration.
Silvia Rita Sedita, Fiorenza Bellusi, and Roberto Grandinetti
7. The Interplay of Networks and Firm Performance within High-Tech Clusters
Christian Lechner and Sveinn Vidar Gudmundsson
8. Epistemic Proximity and Knowledge Exchange among IT-Entrepreneurs
Marc D. Bahlmann 1, Marleen H. Huysman, Tom Elfring, and Peter Groenewegen
9. Framing Processes for an Institutional Change of a Japan’s Porcelain Production Area
Hiroshi Togo, Tadahiko Yoshida, Takehisa Yamada, Fumihiko Ichikawa, and Yusuke Inoue
10. Anchoring New Clusters: Fleshing Out the Entrepreneurial Role
Mark Lazerson and Gianni Lorenzoni
Cristina Boari is Professor of Strategic Management at the Department of Management at the University of Bologna, Italy.
Tom Elfring is Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
F. Xavier Molina-Morales is an Associate Professor of Management in the Department of Business Administration and Marketing at the Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Spain.