IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Conceptualizing innovation clusters and networks


  • Abdelillah HAMDOUCH

    () (RRI)


Le processus d’innovation ne concerne plus seulement l’entrepreneur innovateur qui, à l’image de Bernard Palissy, brûlerait jusqu’à ses meubles pour atteindre son objectif. L’intermédiation des institutions financières et le développement de nouveaux instruments financiers ou l’apparition d’opérateurs toujours plus spécialisés, semblent modifier sensiblement les fondements de la dynamique d’innovation industrielle. Le capital-risque joue un rôle très important dans le financement de projets innovants, et cette présentation s’inscrit dans un repérage des conditions de mobilisation de ces fonds. Le modèle présenté a donc pour objectif de repérer des variables susceptibles d’inciter les organisations impliquées, à investir dans des projets à risque, et cela, en essayant d’intégrer les pratiques financières de ces opérateurs. L’adaptation de modèles basés sur les options financières, et la construction de portefeuilles adaptés, semblent répondre aux pratiques observées du capital-risque. Ce travail se conclut alors sur une étude de la sensibilité du modèle, aux différents coefficients sur lesquels il s’appuie, plus particulièrement, sur le caractère incitatif du niveau des taux d’intérêts concernant l’entrée du capital-risque dans un projet, et sur ses conséquences sur les conditions de sortie. The academic interest in innovation clusters and networks has given rise to a vast stream of works in recent years. Besides defining the notions of clusters and innovation clusters or networks, a core topic within the literature relates to the analysis of the logics underlying the emergence, the structuring and the evolution of innovative activities within various geographic areas. But despite the large amount of efforts deployed, there are no consensual views amongst academics on various conceptual and analytical key issues, especially as regarding the spatial/geographical boundaries of an innovation cluster and the nature and intensity of the actors interaction that characterize it. The whole picture is also blurred as a persistent “disciplinary segregation” prevent from integrating the most valuable and converging insights that could be drawn from various yet complementary social sciences perspectives. The paper offers a critical survey of the most visible pieces of the literature and suggests some possible pathways for a better grounding for the analysis of clustering and networking phenomena within innovative or creative fields.

Suggested Citation

  • Abdelillah HAMDOUCH, 2008. "Conceptualizing innovation clusters and networks," Working Papers 3, Réseau de Recherche sur l’Innovation. / Research Network on Innovation.
  • Handle: RePEc:rii:rridoc:3

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Jason Owen-Smith & Massimo Riccaboni & Fabio Pammolli & Walter W. Powell, 2002. "A Comparison of U.S. and European University-Industry Relations in the Life Sciences," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 48(1), pages 24-43, January.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Almas Heshmati & Flávio Lenz-Cesar, 2015. "Policy simulation of firms’ cooperation in innovation," Research Evaluation, Oxford University Press, vol. 24(3), pages 293-311.
    2. Gay, Brigitte, 2008. "Firm dynamic governance of global innovation by means of flexible networks of connections," MPRA Paper 12525, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Bruno Lusso, 2012. "The development dynamics of the Paris region multimedia cluster," ERSA conference papers ersa12p982, European Regional Science Association.
    4. Lukjanska Renate, 2014. "Regional Innovation Policy And System - Case Of Latvia," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 157-166, July.
    5. Heshmati, Almas & Lenz-Cesar, Flávio, 2013. "Determinants and Policy Simulation of Firms Cooperation in Innovation," IZA Discussion Papers 7487, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

    More about this item


    Innovation Clusters; “Multi-scaled Networks”; Emergence and Structuring Processes; Spatial Scales;

    JEL classification:

    • P00 - Economic Systems - - General - - - General
    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:rii:rridoc:3. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Alexandre UZUNIDIS). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.