Clusters and benchmarks on the dynamics of nanoscience and nanotechnology
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Creating a cluster while building a firm: Entrepreneurs and the formation of industrial clusters

Book or journal references : Regional Studies, vol. 39, pp. 129-141 (2005).

Author(s) : Feldman , M. P. and Francis , J. and Bercovitz , J.

Abstract :

The objective of the paper is to provide a theoretical model of cluster development that is informed by an appreciative interpretation of case studies. It argues that entrepreneurs are a critical element in the formation of clusters. Entrepreneurs are important actors in the development of clusters as complex adaptive systems, where the external resources associated with clusters are developed over time. Entrepreneurs who adapt to both constructive crises and new opportunities create the factors and conditions that facilitate their business interests and, in turn, contribute to the development of external resources. The paper examines the initial factors that influence the decision to become an entrepreneur and examine how external factors influence the formation and location of high-technology clusters.

Keywords :

entrepreneurship; regional economic activity; growth; development and changes; regional development policy; innovation and invention : processes and incentives EVOLUTIONARY ECONOMICS

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