Driving factors for cluster evolution: A multi-scalar comparative perspective

Franz Tödtling, Tanja Sinozic, Alexander Auer

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


Factors and mechanisms underlying cluster development have often been investigated based on a cluster approach such as suggested by Michael Porter. However, supporting factors tended to be conceptualised from a static competitiveness perspective, and they were seen as locally based. The research presented here suggests viewing factors of cluster development as coexisting at several spatial scales. Furthermore, it is argued that such factors change in their importance over time, and that patterns are industry-specific. Relying on insights from cluster life cycle-, evolutionary- and knowledge base approaches this research investigates factors and processes for New Media in Vienna compared to Environmental Technology in Upper Austria.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnfolding Cluster Evolution
Editors Belussi, F. and J.-L- Hervas Oliver
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Pages159 - 175
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 507023 Location development
  • 502039 Structural policy
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 507011 Spatial research
  • 507014 Regional development
  • 507
  • 507016 Regional economy

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