WIT Press


Innovation And Competitive Clusters: A Review Of Key Concepts

Price

Free (open access)

Volume

39

Pages

11

Published

2000

Size

1,245 kb

Paper DOI

10.2495/URS000391

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

D.A. Hart

Abstract

Innovation is important both as an activity in its own right and as a spur to economic development - and competitiveness - generally, but it can be argued there is a lack of agreement in the academic and policy literature about what innovation is; about why, and how, it takes place; and about what precise forms it assumes at the local level because it is increasingly apparent that there are important spatial dimensions to innovation. Certain countries, and regions within them, are known to be innovation-rich. At a finer level of analysis, within these areas, it is argued by both governments and many academics that there are clusters of innovation. The paper develops a working taxonomy which suggests that there are different types of innovative clusters, including: cohes

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