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Clusters’ development: spin-offs and external economies

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  • Christian Garavaglia

    (University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan and CESPRI/KITeS, Bocconi University, Milan - Italy)

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The claim of the paper is that industrial clusters need to be studied from a dynamic perspective. The complexity of cluster formation may be ascribed to its multi-dimensional and multidisciplinary character. The former refers to the co-involvement of individuals’ decisions, firms’ activities and institutions. The latter relates to the psychological, social, cultural and economic aspects needed to explain the birth end evolution of firms’ agglomerations. The paper proposes that theoretical framework which integrate different explanations, as put in evidence by the different approaches in literature, is more apt for grasping the evolution and complexity of clusters. Particular emphasis is given to the processes of spin-off formation.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 226.

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Length: pages 29
Date of creation: Nov 2008
Date of revision: Nov 2008
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:wp226

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Keywords: cluster; spin-off; entrepreneurship; social ties; external economies.;

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