Clusters, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

In series:Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED)view more titles

Published on July 17, 2009

Also available in: French

This publication explores the success of major innovation and entrepreneurship clusters in OECD countries, the challenges they now face in sustaining their positions and the lessons for other places seeking to build successful clusters.  What are the key factors for cluster success?  What problems are emerging on the horizon? Which is the appropriate role of the public sector in supporting the expansion of  clusters and overcoming the obstacles? The book addresses these and other issues, analysing seven internationally reputed clusters in depth: Grenoble in France, Vienna in Austria, Waterloo in Canada, Dunedin in New Zealand, Medicon Valley in Scandinavia, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, and Madison, Wisconsin, in the United States.  For each cluster, it looks at the factors that have contributed to its growth, the impact of the cluster on local entrepreneurship performance, and the challenges faced for further expansion.  It also puts forward a set of policy recommendations geared to the broader context of cluster development. This publication is essential reading for policy makers, practitioners and academics wishing to obtain good practices in cluster development and guidance on how  to enhance the economic impact of clusters. 


Executive Summary
Policy Issues in Clusters, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Micro-nanotechnology Cluster of Grenoble, France
The High-tech Cluster of Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
The Biotechnology Cluster of Vienna, Austria
The Life Science Cluster of Medicon Valley, Scandinavia
The Engineering Cluster of Dunedin, New Zealand
The University-centric High-tech Cluster of Madison, United States
The ICT Cluster of Waterloo, Canada
Conclusions and Recommendations
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