Clusters in a Cold Climate: Innovation Dynamics in a Diverse Economy

Overview

As Canada emerges from the recent economic downturn, firms in industrial clusters face a series of unique challenges. From established clusters in auto parts and wine, to emerging clusters in biotechnology, photonics and multimedia, firms must adapt to rapidly changing demand and cost conditions, cope with increased competition at home and abroad, and finance an accelerating pace of innovation. The papers in this volume examine how firms in eight clusters are meeting these challenges by accessing resources and ...
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Overview

As Canada emerges from the recent economic downturn, firms in industrial clusters face a series of unique challenges. From established clusters in auto parts and wine, to emerging clusters in biotechnology, photonics and multimedia, firms must adapt to rapidly changing demand and cost conditions, cope with increased competition at home and abroad, and finance an accelerating pace of innovation. The papers in this volume examine how firms in eight clusters are meeting these challenges by accessing resources and markets, managing economic uncertainty, and adapting to market changes. Representing the latest research findings from members of the Innovation Systems Research Network, the papers highlight a number of key themes: the contribution of both local and global sources of knowledge to innovation within the clusters, the powerful draw of external markets that can act as the primary stimulus to innovative behaviour, the interaction between key elements of the research infrastructure and innovative firms, and the complex, but essential, influence of public policy on cluster dynamics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553390381
  • Publisher: School of Policy Studies Queen's University
  • Publication date: 5/6/2004
  • Series: School of Policy Studies
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : clusters in a cold climate 1
2 Shifting gears : restructuring and innovation in the Ontario automotive parts industry 11
3 Learning, innovation and cluster growth : a study of two inherited organizations in the Niagara Peninsula wine cluster 43
4 Biotechnology companies and clustering in Nova Scotia 73
5 The biotechnology cluster in Vancouver 95
6 Networking and innovation in the Quebec optics/photonics cluster 113
7 Clustered beginnings : anatomy of multimedia in Toronto 139
8 The Montreal multimedia sector : district, cluster or localized system of production? 165
9 Cluster or whirlwind? : the new media industry in Vancouver 195
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