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Author Cooke, Philip.

Title Knowledge economies : clusters, learning and cooperative advantage / Philip Cooke
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 218 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Routledge studies in international business and the world economy ; 26
Routledge studies in international business and the world economy ; 26
Contents Cover -- Knowledge Economies -- Contents -- Illustrations -- Tables -- Figures -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- 1 Clusters, collective learning and disruptive economic change -- Introduction -- The imbalance problem and its governance -- Social capital, trust and networks in learning economies -- Networks and clusters, old and new -- 2 An evolutionary approach to learning, clusters and economic development -- Introduction -- The classical and equilibrium approach -- The disequilibrium or Schumpeterian approach -- Disequilibrium and evolutionary development -- The unification of equilibrium and disequilibrium approaches? -- New growth theory and the new neoclassicals -- Krugman's exploration of the spatial question -- Evolutionary economics: a new heterodoxy -- Conclusion -- 3 Multi-level governance and the emergence of regional innovation network policy -- Introduction -- Regionalization -- Regionalism -- Multi-level governance and innovation -- The mobilization of regional capabilities for innovation -- Conclusion -- 4 Learning, trust and social capital -- Introduction -- Social learning -- Trust, learning and knowledge -- Trust, social capital and development -- Conclusion -- 5 Networks and clusters in the learning economy -- Introduction -- Networks and clusters: in what sense social capital? -- Networks and their discontents: passive to active social capital -- Networks, learning and policy transfer -- From networks to clusters and beyond -- Conclusion -- 6 The clustering phenomenon in the 'New Economy' -- Introduction -- What's new about the new economy? -- New economy clusters: military market-led -- New economy clusters: civilian market-led -- New economy clusters: market-led -- Conclusion -- 7 Can clusters be built? -- Introduction -- Comments on decaying clusters -- Learning from competitors whether clusters can be built -- Germany's BioRegio cluster-building strategy -- How does the cluster-building process function locally? -- Conclusion -- 8 Knowledge Economies -- Introduction -- The undulating landscape of the Knowledge Economy -- Where next for Knowledge Economies? -- Bibliography -- Name index -- Subject index
Summary This book traces the theoretical explanation for clusters back to the work of classical economists and their more modern disciples, who saw economic development as a process involving serious imbalances in the exploitation of resources. Initially, natural resource endowments explained the formation of nineteenth and early twentieth-century industrial districts. Today, geographical concentrations of scientific and creative knowledge are the key resource. But these require a support system, ranging from major injections of basic research funding, to varieties of financial investment and management, tothe provision of specialist incubators, for economic value to be realised. These are also specialised forms of knowledge that contribute to a serious imbalance in the distribution of economic opportunity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-213) and indexes
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Subject Business incubators.
Economic development.
Evolutionary economics.
Knowledge management.
Natural resources.
Business incubators.
Economic development.
Evolutionary economics.
Knowledge management.
Natural resources.
Economische groei.
Samenwerkingsvormen (bedrijfseconomie)
Acquisition de connaissances.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Economics -- Theory.
Business incubators.
Coopération industrielle.
Développement économique.
Economic development.
Economie de la connaissance.
Evolutionary economics.
Evolutorische Wirtschaft
Knowledge management.
Natural resources.
New Economy
Réseaux régionaux.
UE/CE Etats membres.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203445406