Clusters vs. Networks – a literature based approach towards an integrated concept
AbstractThe cluster concept has steadily increased its importance during the past years – both from practitioners’ and researchers’ perspective. Simultaneously many corporate networks have been established. Researchers from different areas (business management, economics, social and geographical science) are trying to explain both phenomena. As a result of different disciplines’ varying research objects many definitions of clusters exist. Furthermore, the terms cluster and network are often not clearly distinguished. Some authors even merge the terms. Based on a profound literature review, our paper structures the manifold definitions, differentiating between clusters and networks, and provides first practical insights at the case of the Hessenmetall Cluster-Initiative how to integrate the two concepts.
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Date of creation: 15 Sep 2010
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Publication status: Published in International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business (IJGSB) 1 . 4 (2010-09-15) : pp. 92-110
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