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Conceptualising Cluster Evolution: Beyond the Life-Cycle Model?

  • 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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