Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory

Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory

Handbooks of Research on Clusters series

Edited by Charlie Karlsson

Clusters have increasingly dominated local and regional development policies in recent decades and the growing intellectual and political interest for clusters and clustering is the prime motivation for this Handbook. Charlie Karlsson unites leading experts to present a thorough overview of economic cluster research.

Preface

Edited by Charlie Karlsson

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, urban and regional studies, clusters, regional economics

Extract

This ‘Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory’ is intended to provide a comprehensive information source for scientists, students, policy makers and cluster managers keen to have an up-to-date overview of agglomeration and cluster theory, cluster research methods, clustering in different spatial contexts and clustering in service industries. A parallel ‘Handbook of Research on Innovation and Clusters: Cases and Policies’ will present a similar up-to-date overview of clustering in high-tech industries, cluster case studies and cluster policies. A rich empirical material in both handbooks makes it possible to learn lessons from cluster experiences in many different industries and countries in Europe and North America. In organizing the two handbooks, I have benefited from getting contributions from a large number of leading scientists in the field, who not only have written well-balanced and content-rich chapters but also have actively participated as referees of each other’s chapters. I thank them all for their contributions. I have also been effectively assisted by the staff at Edward Elgar. I thank them all. In particular, I have benefited from the support of` licentiate Ulla Forslund-Johansson, who has been responsible for most of the direct contacts with the authors and with the staff at Edward Elgar, as well as for the referee process. She has also gone through every chapter to check that all references are correct. Thank you, Ulla! During the work, I have benefited from financial support from the joint Centre of Excellence of Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS)...