Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Smart Specialisation, Industry Clusters and Regional Development: Understanding Change at the Network Level

Susanne Gretzinger, Susanne Royer, Wenzel Matiaske, John Burgess, Kerry Brown

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Abstract

Clusters and other forms of networks are collections of firms and institutions that are undergoing continuous change. The dynamics of such organisational structures, which transcend firm boundaries, are regularly even more complex than the dynamics of firms, simply because more nodes and connections are included in the array of relationships. Clusters of firms embody continuous change as firms enter and leave the cluster, as firms grow and contract, and the competitive and institutional conditions supporting the cluster changes. This special issue takes as its focus explorations and research of clusters and related networked arrangements in this change context. The specific interest lies in the field of cluster management directed towards the establishment of entrepreneurial ecosystems, smart specialisation strategies and regional development. This special issue aims to link these topics better into the fields of change management, public policy, organisational and sectoral strategies with the aim to develop new knowledge in the discussion field. A focus on a resource-oriented perspective on clusters is chosen to have a basis for in-depth insights into changing (inter-)organisational resource profiles underlying networked activities of firms. Change here is reflected in new and different resource constellations having impact on firm competitive advantage as well as regional and locational advantages or disadvantages
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Globalisation and Small Business
Volume10
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)101-104
ISSN1479-3059
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Regional entrepreneurship
  • Eco System
  • Smart Specialization
  • Network

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