Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2015/46: Understanding Cluster Evolution

Michaela Trippl (), Markus Grillitsch (), Arne Isaksen () and Tanja Sinozic ()
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Michaela Trippl: CIRCLE, Lund University
Markus Grillitsch: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Arne Isaksen: Department of Working Life and Innovation, University of Agder, Norway
Tanja Sinozic: Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Abstract: The past few years have seen an increasing popularity of cluster life cycle approaches. These models, however, suggest a rather deterministic view, are indifferent with respect to context and suffer from biological connotations. This chapter intends to go beyond the cluster life cycle models. We review the literature on industrial districts, innovative milieu and regional innovation systems and investigate how these alternative approaches contribute to the development of a more context-sensitive approach to cluster change. We argue that future research may benefit from developing theoretically relevant categorizations of different cluster types and from carrying out comparative empirical studies.

Keywords: cluster evolution; cluster life cycle; regional industrial change; regional innovation systems

JEL-codes: O10; O30; R10; R50

27 pages, December 21, 2015

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