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Critical Success Factors and Cluster Evolution: A case study of the Linköping ICT cluster lifecycle


  • Tavassoli, Sam

    (CSIR, Blekinge Inst of Technology)

  • Tsagdis, Dimitrios

    (CSIR, Blekinge Inst of Technology)


This paper investigates the variation in the importance of critical success factors (CSFs) in the evolution of the Linköping ICT cluster in Sweden. The international empirical evidence of CSFs in ICT clusters reported in the literature is systematically reviewed. On its basis an object-oriented conceptual model is developed encompassing 15 CSFs; each attributed to one or more objects, e.g. firms, institutions, entrepreneurs. The lifecycle of the Linköping ICT cluster is delineated and its stages segmented. The existence and importance of each CSF in each stage of the cluster lifecycle is established empirically on the basis of interviews with key experts. The main findings comprise a stage-specific group of CSFs whose importance varies across the cluster’s lifecycle stages with different patterns. The above findings aim to stimulate policy makers and researchers alike to further pursue the line of enquiry developed in this paper.

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  • Tavassoli, Sam & Tsagdis, Dimitrios, 2013. "Critical Success Factors and Cluster Evolution: A case study of the Linköping ICT cluster lifecycle," Working Papers 2013/02, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:bthcsi:2013-002

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    Cited by:

    1. Sam Tavassoli & Charlie Karlsson, 2018. "The role of regional context on innovation persistency of firms," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 97(4), pages 931-955, November.
    2. Feldman, Maryann & Tavassoli, Sam, 2014. "Something New: Where do new industries come from?," Working Papers 2014/02, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Economics.
    3. Gerardo A. Perez-Valdes & Vibeke S. Nørstebø & May-Britt Ellingsen & Jukka Teräs & Adrian T. Werner, 2019. "Bioeconomic Clusters—Background, Emergence, Localization and Modelling," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 11(17), pages 1-17, August.

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    ICT clusters; Critical success factors; Cluster lifecycle; Cluster evolution;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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