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INVESTIGATING CLUSTER EMERGENCE AND EVOLUTION DYNAMICS

revue d'origine de cet article : Région et Développement 33

Date de publication : mai 2011
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Where do clusters come from?1 What are the dynamics underlying their
emergence and structuring patterns, especially in their initial stage? Are these
dynamics primarily rooted in the historical trajectories of the territories nurturing
the specific ingredients that lead to clustering phenomena (key role of territorial
path-dependency), or may they also be the outcome either of mere accidents
(random factors) or purposive action (strategic moves of particular actors
and/or public policies)? Beyond, may clusters emerge as the result of a “copycat
effect”/ “mimetic isomorphism” (Appold, 2005; Gertler and Levitte, 2005) or
from a “chain location” dynamics (Caplin and Leahy, 1998)? In other words,
what are the respective roles of institutional and endogenous dynamics, of contingency,
of dedicated policies and of strategic decisions? In the two latter cases,
which actors appear to be crucial in initiating, accompanying or driving viable
clustering processes? Finally

     
  • ISBN : 978-2-296-55184-8 • mai 2011 • 10 pages
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