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Measuring the performance of a regional cluster in innovation facilitation

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Ross Chapman, R Beckett, F Gertsen
Regional industry clusters have been promoted for several years as effective mechanisms to assist firms become more innovative and more competitive. But do they really achieve this goal, and more importantly, just how should an assessment of cluster performance in supporting and facilitating innovation within its members, be undertaken? In this paper we report on a study of a regional IT cluster in Western Sydney, Australia, develop some criteria for assessing the innovation facilitation performance of industry clusters, and discuss the cluster in relation to these criteria. We suggest that engagement with a cluster may enhance the innovation capacity of a firm, and the type of required innovation support varies significantly with the maturity and absorptive capacity of individual firms.

History

Parent Title

23rd ANZAM Conference 2009 : Sustainable management and marketing, 1-4 December 2009, Southbank, Melbourne

Start Page

1

End Page

18

Number of Pages

18

Start Date

01/01/2009

ISBN-10

1863081593

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Publisher

Monash University

Place of Publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Aalborg universitet; International Conference; TBA Research Institute; University of Western Sydney;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International Conference