Catching regional development dreams: a study of cluster initiatives as intermediaries
2012 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 20, no 11, 1909-1921 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper focuses on actors and activities of cluster initiatives which are intermediaries within clusters of similar and related firms. A case study method is used; the cases show that their success and longevity depend to a large extent on their actors sharing a common vision. It is proposed that actors involved in cluster initiatives can be categorised according to a typology consisting of key players, target and support groups. Managing cluster initiatives requires striking a balance between well-developed and anchored targeted activities and experimental activities exploring future needs. This requires some openness and flexibility within the shared vision. Cluster initiatives can therefore be viewed as dream-catchers that rather than control and govern the clusters perform a more subtle role of gathering and visualizing potential opportunities in regional contexts and articulating and realizing them through an entrepreneurial process.
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2012. Vol. 20, no 11, 1909-1921 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80106DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.725161ISI: 000310309800009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80106DiVA: diva2:545594