Clusters and competitiveness: Porter's contribution
This chapter looks at the origins of Porter's interest in clusters and identifies the key characteristics of his conceptual thinking and extensions of these core concepts in Porter's more recent work. It explores the policy implications that can be drawn from Porter's work on clusters. Discussing why Porter's work in this field has had such a profound impact, especially on practitioners, it is argued that Porter addresses the very specific needs of different practitioner constituencies, providing a framework and actionable ideas they can easily relate to. Finally, chapter turns to a number of open issues that will determine whether Porter's long-term impact on the practice and thinking in this field will reach its full potential. It suggests that for academic research, the future legacy of Porter's work on clusters will depend on whether his ideas will be re-connected to other related approaches in the field.
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