IN SEARCH OF CLUSTERS

IN SEARCH OF CLUSTERS

by Pytrik Altena and Wim Heijman

The aim of this article is to present the ‘regional cluster quick scan’ as an efficient and objective tool to scan a region of interest for the presence, nature and development phase of regional clusters. The ‘tool’ developed in this research is based on the relations between the state of cluster development in regions, competitiveness, and economic growth. First, a theoretical model is developed and then this model is applied to a real case to test the validity of the model. The results indicate the possibility of identifying regional clusters and their competitiveness by using Shift and Share analysis.

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