The world's leading experts contribute to our understanding of regional innovation, cluster formation and the factors that influence regional productivity and innovative performance. The text improves our understanding of the reasons why, how and where innovation clusters emerge, as well as the factors that determine their respective success or failure. In doing so, it provides a timely and comprehensive picture on innovation, location, networks and clusters as important means in an environment of intensifying interregional competition. The book is written for professional researchers as well as for students and practitioners in politics, business and consultancy.
1 Clusters and Competition as Engines of Innovation— An Introduction.- I: Geography and Innovation.- 2 Globalization, Innovation and the Strategic Management of Places.- 3 Regional Innovation and Learning Systems, Clusters, and Local and Global Value Chains.- 4 Networks and Technological Change in Regional Clusters.- 5 How and Why Does the Efficiency of Regional Innovation Systems Differ?.- II: The Anatomy of Clusters.- 6 Regional Clusters: What We Know and What We Should Know.- 7 The Demography of Clusters—Findings from the Cluster Meta-Study.- 8 Drivers of Economic Growth: The Role of Innovative Clusters.- III: Identifying Agglomeration Economies.- 9 Productivity and the Density of Regional Clusters.- 10 The Agglomeration Wage Differential Reconsidered: An Investigation Using German Micro Data 1984–1997.- 11 Skills and Clusters.- IV: The Role of Institutions.- 12 Corporate Governance of Cluster Development Agencies: The Case for Market Orientation.- 13 Unions, Innovation and Scale.- 14 Big Government in a Small World: The Effect of Public Expenditure on Economic Growth.- 15 Economic Innovations Depend on Political Innovations: On Deregulating the Political Process.- V: Cluster-based Innovation Policies.- 16 Territorial Competition: Lessons for (Innovation) Policy.- 17 New Firms, Regional Development and the Cluster Approach— What Can Technology Policies Achieve?.- 18 Taking Regions Seriously: Recent Innovations in German Technology Policy.- List of Figures.- List of Tables.- List of Contributors.