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Conceptualizing clusters through the lens of networks: a critical synthesis

  • Joana Almodovar

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    (MIoIR, Manchester Business School, U.K)

  • Aurora A.C. Teixeira

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    (CEF.UP, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto; INESC Porto)

Clusters, as spatial concentrations of economic activity, constitute an important form of coordination with significant repercussions in the configuration of firm and territorial strategies. They are recognized, both by academics and policymakers, as a territorial pattern of economy yielding critical issues in terms of competitive advantage, innovation, and economic growth. Despite that, a rigorous and clear-cut definition of cluster is still far from being reached. In the present paper, resorting to a critical synthesis of the literature on networks and clusters, we propose a unified, encompassing, and less blurred definition of cluster.

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Paper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series FEP Working Papers with number 328.

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Date of creation: Jul 2009
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