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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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  • Joan Crespo, 2010. "How emergence conditions of technological clusters affect their viability? Theoretical perspectives on cluster lifecycles," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1002, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Jan 2010.
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    Keywords

    cluster life cycle; emergence; viability; networks;

    JEL classification:

    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation

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