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Clusters and Knowledge Economy
Bertrand
Put simply, clusters are geographically close groups of interrelated specialized organizations. Two main historic reasons for industrial clusters were: easy knowledge exchange and the availability of skilled labor. I believe the arrival of the knowledge economy including all its communication technologies decreases the need for traditional regional clusters.
 

 
Regional proximity
Stan
Decrease the need: yes. But not end it: there are still valid reasons for regional clusters remaining....Sign up
 

 
Special Interest Group on Clusters
Editor
Specialized business communities such as those on 12manage could be seen as a new type of clusters, without the need for geographical proximity. Make ...Sign up
 

 
Cooperation and Competition
Juan
I agree with Bertrand. We are seeing new types of clusters arriving without national or regional borders. Note that firms within clusters may be coope...Sign up
 

 
Three types of clusters
Edmund L.
We can distinguish at least three industrial cluster types:
1. SKILL CLUSTERS: With similar skill requirements
2. VALUE CHAIN CLUSTERS: Part...Sign up
 

 
Definition
Robert
Normally, "Clusters" of organizations are per definition geographically close. For the virtual variants without this aspect I recommend the term "Hubs...Sign up
 

 
Still need for local action
Theo
Sharing knowledge and information today is global. Yet, understanding it, and turning it into actions, still needs regional knowledge and skills....Sign up
 

 
4 Cluster Drivers
Stephen
1 Geography - Location
2 Horizontal - other inter firm networks
3 Vertical - Supply chain
4 Sector
For a cluster to exist I would ...Sign up
 

 
 


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