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Towards a Theory of Peripheral, Early-stage Clusters

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  • Edward Kasabov
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    Kasabov E. Towards a theory of peripheral, early-stage clusters, Regional Studies. This paper attempts to contribute to a theory of clusters in the biotechnology sector with special reference to those operating at the periphery and away from major and established centres. It identifies causes of delayed and stunted development such as inadequate institutional support, a lack of networking, diverging perceptions, and cognitive disagreement among major players in a cluster. The conclusions are formalised into six propositions. This research has implications for public sector policy and theory of peripheral clusters, thus enriching academic research which frequently concentrates on established clusters that have grown organically. New concepts of 'general periphery' and 'liability of unconnectedness' are introduced. [image omitted] Kasabov E. Vers une theorie des grappes peripheriques a un premier stade de developpement, Regional Studies. Cet article cherche a contribuer a une theorie des grappes dans le secteur de la biotechnologie, particulierement en ce qui concerne celles qui operent a la peripherie et loin des principaux centres bien etablis. On identifie les causes du developpement retarde, tel l'insuffisance de soutien institutionnel, le manque de reseaux de relations, des perspectives divergentes et le desaccord cognitif parmi les principaux membres de la grappe. Les conclusions sont organises sous six chapitres. Cette recherche a des implications pour la politique en faveur du secteur public et la theorie des grappes peripheriques, ainsi enrichissant la recherche academique qui porte souvent sur des grappes bien etablies qui ont pousse organiquement. On presente de nouvelles notions de 'peripherie generale' et de 'handicap de l'absence de connexite'. Biotechnologie Communaute cognitive Peripherie de grappes Choix de marque des grappes Image de marque regionale Politique en faveur du secteur public Kasabov E. Auf dem Weg zu einer Theorie der peripheren Cluster im Fruhstadium, Regional Studies. Dieser Artikel ist der Versuch eines Beitrags zur Theorie der Cluster im Biotechnologiesektor unter besonderer Berucksichtigung von Clustern an der Peripherie bzw. jenseits von grossen und etablierten Zentren. Es werden Ursachen fur eine verzogerte und gehemmte Entwicklung identifiziert, wie zum Beispiel eine unzureichende institutionelle Unterstutzung, mangelnde Netzwerktatigkeit, unterschiedliche Auffassungen und kognitive Meinungsverschiedenheiten zwischen den wichtigsten Akteuren eines Clusters. Die Schlussfolgerungen werden in Form von sechs Vorschlagen dargestellt. Diese Studie hat Auswirkungen auf die Politik des offentlichen Sektors sowie auf die Theorie der peripheren Cluster und erganzt somit die akademische Forschung, die sich haufig auf etablierte, organisch gewachsene Cluster konzentriert. Es werden neue Konzepte der 'generellen Peripherie' sowie der 'Belastung der Unverbundenheit' eingefuhrt. Biotechnologie Kognitive Gemeinschaft Cluster-Peripherie Cluster-Kennzeichnung Regionale Identitat Politik des offentlichen Sektors Kasabov E. Hacia una teoria de aglomeraciones perifericas en fases tempranas, Regional Studies. El objetivo de este articulo es contribuir a una teoria de las aglomeraciones en el sector de la biotecnologia con especial referencia a las que operan en la periferia y lejos de los centros principales bien establecidos. Identificamos las causas de un desarrollo retrasado e inhibido, por ejemplo un apoyo institucional inadecuado, la falta de redes, percepciones divergentes y el desacuerdo cognitivo entre los principales protagonistas de una aglomeracion. Las conclusiones se presentan mediante seis proposiciones. Este estudio tiene implicaciones para la politica del sector publico y la teoria de las aglomeraciones perifericas, enriqueciendo la investigacion academica que con frecuencia se concentra en las aglomeraciones establecidas que han crecido organicamente. Introducimos nuevos conceptos de 'periferia general' y 'carga por falta de conexion'. Biotecnologia Comunidad cognitiva Periferia de aglomeracion Branding de aglomeracion Identidad regional Politica del sector publico

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 827-842

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    Keywords: Biotechnology; Cognitive community; Cluster periphery; Cluster branding; Regional identity; Public sector policy;

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