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How emergence conditions of technological clusters affect their viability? Theoretical perspectives on cluster lifecycles

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  • Joan Crespo

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    The widely studied concept of clusters has been usually treated as pre-established and successful structures. We argue that clusters are not pre-established but emerge through a double competition process of technological and regional nature. Moreover, faced to a changing environment they are not always successful. Their long-term evolution depends on their viability capacities. We show that viability is dependent on the emergence conditions, because different forms of emergence create clusters with different structures.

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    Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 1002.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2010
    Date of revision: Jan 2010
    Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1002

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    Keywords: cluster life cycle; emergence; viability; networks;

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