This book rigorously explores the critical, initial stage of cluster emergence in which the seeds for further growth are sown. Whether economic growth actually occurs, however, ultimately depends on various regional conditions and the processes in place.
This unique Companion provides a comprehensive overview and critical evaluation of existing
conceptualizations and new developments in innovation research. It draws on multiple perspectives of
innovation, knowledge and creativity from economics, geography, history, management, political
science and sociology. The Companion brings together leading scholars to reflect upon innovation as
a concept (Part I), innovation and institutions (Part II), innovation and creativity (Part III),
innovation, networking and communities (Part IV), innovation in permanent spatial settings (Part V),
innovation in temporary, virtual and open settings (Part VI), innovation, entrepreneurship and
market making (Part VII), and the governance and management of innovation (Part VIII).