Industrial Clusters and Inter-Firm Networks

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Regional economists, economic geographers and regional scientists will welcome this comprehensive new volume. It will also be a useful reference for policymakers and planners involved in industrial and regional economic development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845420109
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: New Horizons in Regional Science Series
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Industrial clusters and inter-firm networks : an introduction 1
2 Clusters, innovation and regional development : an analysis of current theories and evidence 29
3 Industrial districts as complex adaptive systems : agent-based models of emergent phenomena 58
4 Towards a system dynamics-based theory of industrial clusters 83
5 Parsing the menagerie of agglomeration and network externalities 107
6 Cognitive maps on sustainable development in industrial districts : a pilot study 148
7 The clustering of the British financial services industry 173
8 Governance mechanisms in the liquid packaging industry 200
9 Biotechnology and multimedia : cluster development in new industries 231
10 Regional clusters and entrepreneurial activities : empirical evidence from German regions 260
11 A preliminary analysis of functional and spatial clustering : the case of the Baltimore metropolitan region 303
12 New evidence on the geographic concentration of German industries 321
13 Regional partnerships for the biotech sector : North Carolina and Sweden 361
14 The formation of clustering of direct foreign investment and its role of inter-firm networks in China : case study of Qingdao development zones 390
15 Networks and technologies in an emerging cluster : the case of bioinstruments in Jena 413
16 Creative clusters - ideas and realities for cluster growth : the example of film in Vast in the region of Vastra Gotaland, Sweden 453
17 Regional development : a survey of innovation and clusters in Western Denmark 475
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