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Cluster presence and economic performance: a new look based on European data

Cluster presence is significantly and positively related to industry-level wages. This finding underpins the importance of understanding clusters as groups of related industries, not just as the concentration of economic activity in a specific field. The cluster effect remains meaningful and significant once business environment quality, a very powerful driver of performance, is accounted for....

Ketels/ Protsiv 2020 Read more
"Smart Guide to cluster policy monitoring and evaluation "

The Smart Guide is addressed to policy makers and cluster managers engaged in cluster policy making who are interested in monitoring and evaluating the impact of their policies. The objective is to provide them with easy access to knowledge material of high practical value and sound methodological underpinnings, available in a concise and easy to read manner.

Deloitte, VVA, SPI, et al. 2020 Read more
Cluster policy resilience - New challenges for a mature policy

Three sets of challenges for what is now a mature policy are highlighted in this paper: the links between clusters, cluster policies and territorial strategy processes; more effective evaluation of how different policy instruments influence what happens inside clusters; and harnessing the capacity of clusters to respond to social alongside economic challenges.

James Wilson 2019 Read more
Regional cluster policies in Germany - Challenges, impacts and evaluation practices

This paper seeks to contribute to the growing literature on cluster-policy evaluation in three ways: firstly, it focuses on regional cluster policies below the level of federal states in Germany to complement the majority of studies on federal and state-level programmes. Secondly, it adopts a public-choice perspective, whereas most existing research concentrates on methodological and conceptual...

Matthias Kiese 2019 Read more
The European Cluster Policy - Advancing the Creation of regional bioeconomy clusters in Europe

The presentation investigates how the new EU industrial policy can promote investing in sustainable industry. It shows the role of clusters in accelerating and steering this process. It presents new developments in terms of actions, partnerships and platforms.

European Commission 2019 Read more
Update on EU cluster initiatives - Meeting Gold-label clusters

The presentation, held in occasion of the European Cluster Conference, showed recent evolutions in the European cluster landscape, presented ongoing initiatives and final calls for relevant proposals.

European Commission 2019 Read more
Cluster Policy Resilience: New Challenges for a Mature Policy

Cluster policy has proved to be an extremely resilient feature of the regional competitiveness policy landscape over thirty years. To examine why cluster policies have become so widespread, this paper makes a clear conceptual distinction between clusters themselves, cluster policies, and cluster policy instruments. This distinction helps to disentangle the cross-over with other policies and...

Wilson 2019 Read more
Factors of Cluster Initiatives Management

The paper identifies Critical Success Factors of cluster initiatives management. The study was based on interviews conducted among European cluster managers representing 19 cluster initiatives located in 10 countries. The results of this study support more effective management and better organization of cluster development processes. They are specifically tailored for entrepreneurs, willing to...

Adamus 2019 Read more
Smart Guide for European Strategic Cluster Partnerships

This Smart Guide provides guidance to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP) on how to develop a successful partnership strategy and on possible actions to achieve joint projects and investments.

Deloitte, VVA, SPI, et al. 2019 Read more
Comparison of Training Programmes and Activities for Cluster Managers in Europe with Respect to Their Focus on Skills Development

The role of cluster manager and his/her development is an essential element in order to gain a competitive advantage and to ensure sustainability of cluster organisation. Nevertheless, research on cluster management has hardly studied the scope of offered trainings with areas of developed skills for this position. Hence, the main objective of the paper is to analyze and evaluate content of current...

Martin Horák, Jana Matosková 2018 Read more