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Conceptualising Cluster Evolution: Beyond the Life-Cycle Model?

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  • Ron Martin

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  • Peter Sunley

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    Although the literature on the evolution of industrial clusters is not vast, a preferred approach has already become evident, based around the idea of a cluster 'life-cycle'. This approach has several limitations. In this paper we explore a different conception of cluster evolution drawing on the 'adaptive cycle' model that has been developed in evolutionary ecology. Using this model, cluster evolution is viewed as an adaptive process with different possible outcomes based on episodic interactions of nested systems. Though not without limitations, this approach offers greater scope as a framework for shaping the research agenda into the evolution of clusters.

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    Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 1112.

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    Length: 47 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2011
    Date of revision: Jul 2011
    Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1112

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    Keywords: Clusters; Evolution; Life-cycle model; Complex systems; Adaptive cycle model;

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    1. Jesús M. Valdaliso & Aitziber Elola & Susana Franco & Santiago López, 2013. "Do clusters follow the industry life cycle? An exploratory meta-study of Basque clusters from the 1970s to 2008," ERSA conference papers ersa13p56, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Martin , Roman, 2013. "Differentiated Knowledge Bases and the Nature of Innovation Networks," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2013/14, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    3. Amélia Branco & João Carlos Lopes, 2013. "The Economic Performance of Clustered and Non Clustered Firms along the different Phases of the Cluster Life Cycle: The Portuguese Cork Industry Case," Working Papers Department of Economics 2013/26, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon.
    4. Amélia Branco & João Carlos Lopes, 2013. "Vantagens da concentração geográfica da produção: o caso da indústria corticeira de Santa Maria da Feira," Working Papers Department of Economics 2013/04, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon.
    5. Silvia Rita Sedita & Ivan De Noni & Luciano Pilotti, 2014. "How do related variety and differentiated knowledge bases influence the resilience of local production systems?," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0180, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
    6. Ron Martin & Peter Sunley, 2013. "On the Notion of Regional Economic Resilience: Conceptualisation and Explanation," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1320, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Oct 2013.

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