1st Edition

Industrial Clusters Knowledge, Innovation Systems and Sustainability in the UK

Edited By John F. Wilson, Chris Corker, Joe Lane Copyright 2023
    292 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Industrial Clusters shows the latest state of knowledge on the topic of industrial clusters, with a particular focus on clustering in the UK, bringing together a chronological coverage of the phenomenon.

    This set of original essays by a group of leading business and industrial historians offers fresh perspectives about clusters and clustering. A primary emphasis of the collection is how knowledge is generated and disseminated across a cluster, and whether these processes stimulated innovation and consequently longer-term sustainability. This analysis also prompts questions about which unit of analysis to examine, from the entrepreneurs and firms they created through to the industry as a whole and district in which they are located, or whether one should look outside the region for explanatory factors. Covering regions as diverse as North Wales, the Scottish Highlands, the City of London, the Potteries, Sheffield and Lancashire, the essays have been channelled to provide a detailed understanding of these issues. The editors have also provided a challenging Conclusion that suggests a new research agenda that could well unravel some of the mysteries associated with clustering.

    This edited collection will be of interest to international researchers, academics and students in the fields of business and management history, innovation, industrialisation and clusters.

    1. Industrial clusters in Great Britain: framing the debate

    John F. Wilson, Chris Corker and Joe Lane

    2. Industrial districts, entrepreneurship and the economic geography of Great Britain, 1851-1911

    Harry Smith, Robert J. Bennett and Carry van Lieshout

    3. The evolution of business networks and clusters

    David Charles

    4. The evolution of the North East England electronics sector

    David Charles and John F. Wilson

    5. Industrial clustering in a peripheral region: Path dependence and creation in the Scottish Highlands

    Niall G. MacKenzie & Andrew Perchard

    6. Forging ahead – the men behind the industrialisation of the Denbighshire coalfield

    Bethan Lloyd Atkinson

    7. Occupational change and the new knowledge economy; the case of Coventry city

    J. Begley

    8. The City of London as an industrial cluster since 1980

    Mark Billings & Simon Mollan

    9. Knowledge, identity and cooperation in an early industrial cluster: The Potteries in 1775

    Joe Lane

    10. The Sheffield innovation system 1860-1914: steel, armaments, metallurgy and education

    Chris Corker

    11. The City of financing regions and industrial clusters in the nineteenth century

    Victoria Barnes & Lucy Newton

    12. On the periphery? Autonomy, localism and community in a Lancashire cotton weaving district, Harle Syke c.1840-1936

    J. Southern

    13. Critical perspectives on industrial clusters

    Chris Corker, Joe Lane and John F. Wilson


    John F. Wilson is Professor of Business History at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK.

    Chris Corker is Lecturer in Management at the University of York Management School, UK.

    Joe Lane is Lecturer in Strategy at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK.