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Membership Organisations
Can a membership organisation be a cluster? There is a taste in the UK for governmental sponsored clusters to evolve into membership organisations. I would proposes that they cease to be clusters once they formalise this link. Thoughts????

Membership Organizations and clusters
Lakna Paranawithana
Functional Clusters effectively combine value chain action and supply chain dynamics. Membership organizations should not be called clusters as MO represent only a part of the social value chain of the respective cluster. MO, to a certain degree, could take action to improve the efficiency of cluster functioning by taking deliberate action to improve performance of cluster entities. Sustainability of MO is the question as most often MO s have been initiated by intervening (donors) agents with limited timelines. In short, clusters are natural developments in comparison to MOs that are synthetic entities.

Clusters and Membership Organisations
Jeremy Jones, Member
No. Clusters are critically assessed against a set of criteria that justify their classification. Just because you have a membership organisation around a specific market doesn't mean you have a cluster. Many rdas think that once you establish a membership organisation that companies join, you have a cluster. There are few real clusters in the UK.



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