A Life Cycle for Clusters?: The Dynamics of Agglomeration, by Kerstin Press

By Kerstin Press

The phenomenon of non-random spatial concentrations of organizations in a single or few comparable sectors (clusters) is intensively debated in financial concept and coverage. The euphoria approximately winning clusters even though neglects that traditionally, many thriving clusters did become worse into outdated business components. This e-book reports the determinants of cluster survival by means of examining their adaptability to alter within the financial setting. Linking theoretic wisdom with empirical observations, a simulation version (based within the N/K strategy) is constructed, and is the reason whilst and why the cluster's structure assists or hampers adaptability. it really is came across that architectures with intermediate levels of department of labour and extra collective governance kinds foster adaptability. Cluster improvement is hence direction based as architectures having advanced over the years effect at the probability of destiny survival.

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If however firm locational preferences are homogeneous and industry growth is limited, the spatial distribution of firms is likely to result in a monocentric outcome with the region offering the highest geographic benefits ending up as the industry’s centre (Maggioni 2004). While simulations do highlight the key role of early events for the resulting spatial distribution of an industry (Brenner and Weigelt 2001),23 a critique can be advanced against three hypotheses in the models of path dependence.

The latter then out-compete isolated entities due to agglomeration externalities in the transfer of (tacit) technological knowledge and the co-ordination of a division of labour. As the industry matures, technology becomes standardised and production more integrated, thus reducing the benefits from proximity. At this stage, the cluster’s exhaustion can be brought about by the emergence of new competitors from lower cost locations or through the birth of a new industry replacing the existing one.

A second concern regards the treatment of agglomeration externalities. As will be elaborated in more detail in the following chapter, these extend well beyond transaction cost savings. 8 If industry developments cannot be generalised sufficiently to explain cluster dynamics, their study may be better addressed at a more general level 8 This of course does not mean that agglomeration economies cannot be altered or eliminated by industry developments. The extent to which they are present in different areas might also explain why an industry can display different “temporal, spatial, and organizational patterns of development” (Storper 1997, p.

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