Gerd Meier Zu Koecker

Gerd Meier Zu Koecker
VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH · Unit International Technology Transfer; Clusters

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In order to understand the characteristics of cluster management organizations and their interaction with cluster stakeholders in more detail, 261 cluster management organizations have been benchmarked since November 2010. The results provide a detailed insight into cluster management organizations and clusters in terms of the structure of the clus...
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It is a challenge to match Priority Areas (PAs) of S3. ICT / Digitalisation, Environment / Energy, Agrofood, Life Science / Health and Manufacturing are areas most often targeted by the Priority Areas (PA) of the partners’ regions. They include a variety of different sub areas which can be a source of synergies, but the partners’ S3 do not define t...
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This study presents the finding on Smart Specialisation Strategies are implemented through clusters and cluster initiatives. The StressTesting addressed regional innovation policy making and implementation processes, namely the role of clusters in the design and implementation of the S3, regional support schemes for cluster initiatives, coordinatio...
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The Ukraine-Russia war has caused oil and gas prices to rise significantly and has impacted supplies of many products. There are considerable challenges present as many supply chains are now broken due to the conflict. This, combined with the trade embargo imposed on Russia, means that European buyers are now struggling to find substitutes for mis...
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Die Studie kommt daher zu dem Ergebnis, dass es eines ganzheitlichen und langfristig angelegten Clusteransatzes in Hamburg bedarf (Food Cluster Hamburg), um so die Innovations- und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit am Standort sicherzustellen. Hierbei ist es ratsam, den sog. Quadrupel-Ansatz zu verfolgen, als das enge Zusammenwirken von Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft...
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Industrial parks can be a major driver of investment, jobs, skills transfer and economic prosperity. Their activity can also generate tax revenue for the jurisdiction where they are based and thus feed into an increased quality of public service provision. Business linkages are important for the successful maximization of the potential of industri...
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With the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19 at the beginning of 2021, a study was conducted on value chain resilience. The value chains in question were food, natural cosmetics and natural pharmaceuticals with the focus on companies form regions being Baden-Württemberg and Slovenia. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in production...
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The VCG is a digital tool based on natural language algorithms allowing the development of new bio-based value chains by targeted matching of related actors. Also, it might help to substitute actors from a certain node from a given value chain in order to stabilize this node, e. g. multi-sourcing or near sourcing. The latter is an increasing option...
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The aim of the present document is to give practitioners comprehensive and recent information on how to best support cluster development in practice. It incorporates state-of-the-art trends and takes into account the new framework conditions resulting from digital transformation and technological convergence. It also considers the new reality of th...
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This publication presents around 10 case studies of successful cluster development from around the word. It demonstrates how dedicated challenges were addressed by the cluster approach. The selected cases various significantly, especially since they adress very different challenges.
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Die Welt der Verpackungsmaschinenhersteller liegt im Landkreis Schwäbisch Hall. Individuelle Kundenwünsche zu erfüllen und dies mit der höchstmöglichen Qualität, ist seither ein Alleinstellungsmerkmal dieser Branche. Was früher Unternehmen mit Unternehmergeist und Innovationsfähigkeit allein schafften, würde nicht für immer so funktionieren. Damit...
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Das vorliegende Buch befasst sich weniger mit der wissenschaftlich-theoretischen Arbeit im Clustermanagement – dazu gibt es Abhandlungen in ausreichender Zahl.
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This collection of case studies has been produced within the frame of the programme “Support to sustainable economic development in selected regions of Uzbekistan”, financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This report was drafted with input gathered from Benedikt Sedlmayr, Konstantin Schneider, Enric Pe...
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Megatrends such as demographic change, changing values, etc have been influencing the development of economic locations not just since yesterday. However, as overarching driving forces, they continue to gain momentum. Added to this are industrial convergences and emerging technologies, which are bringing about far-reaching changes in a wide range o...
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In 2009 the European Union (EU) introduced the macro-regional strategy approach as a policy framework allowing countries located in the same region to jointly tackle common challenges. There is no doubt that macro-regional approaches can pave the way towards a more innovative, sustainable and greener Europe. But to make it work, the involved actors...
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Megatrends wie demographischer Wandel, Wertewandel, eine zunehmend wissens- und datenbasierte Ökonomie sowie Ressourcen- und Klimaschonung beeinflussen die Entwicklung von Standorten nicht erst seit gestern. Als übergeordnete Triebkräfte nehmen sie jedoch weiter Fahrt auf. Hinzu kommen industrielle Konvergenzen und neu entstehende Technologien, die...
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In economic and innovation policy the term„cluster“ is usually used to explain geographical concentrations of eco- nomic and innovation activities. According to conventional wisdom clusters support economic development through the specialization of regions in activities within which companies gain higher productivity through accessing external econ...
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In der regionalen Wirtschaftsentwicklung nehmen Clusterinitiativen eine große Bedeutung ein, gerade wenn es um die Steigerung von Innovationskraft bei kleineren und mittleren Unternehmen geht. Doch wie lassen sich Clusterinitiativen sinnvoll als Instrument in die Regionalentwicklung einbetten und wie kann gutes Clustermanagement als zentrale Schlüs...
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The present "Study on Available Funding Opportunities for Bioeconomy in the Alpine Region" was produced within the framework of the AlpGov project and the Sub-Group "Cluster & Bioeconomy." It provides an overview of current and upcoming funding opportunities on Bioeconomy that reply to SMEs in this sector. The geographical focus of this study is th...
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The maturity level of an NIS as well as the performance of its actors may be improved by means of policy measures addressing either individual determinants or groups. As the determinants are often linked to each other the degree of improvement can even increase and leave a higher impact in the entire NIS. The ANIS approach also contains a portfolio...
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There is no doubt that the plastic manufacturing industry is of major concern for the Republic of Kosovo. In order to assure that this industry remains competitive in time of increased globalization and industrial transformation, there is a growing interest to better understand this sector and related value chains. Consequently, the Ministry for Tr...
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Eleven years ago, in 2008, a comprehensive snapshot of the German cluster landscape, including the structural specific of the cluster initiatives, 1was presented for the first tim as part of the “Clusters in Germany“ study. Since then, various studies on clusters and cluster initiatives have been published, but so far none that show the development...
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Technological convergence and digital transformation increasingly infuence regions and their competitiveness. Today‘s existing industry structures are subject to change, sector boundaries are blurring and new felds of innovation with growth potential are emerging. Due to the dynamics and complexity of these transformation processes, it is often dif...
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Joint Bio-based Industry Cluster Policy Strategy for the Danube Region (JBCS) describes the procedure how to best bundling regional cluster competence towards a macro regional approach to further develop Bio-based Industries. Furthermore, the JBCS calls for new methods and tools to support clusters for transnational cooperation. In addition, it str...
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The ongoing debates on updating Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in the European innovation policy framework mainly focus on practical implementation challenges. This paper draws on the specific experience from the Interreg Alpine Space project S3- 4AlpClusters, which put the interplay between S3 and clusters at the core of its conceptual and p...
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Clusters are high on the agenda of policy makers in the Danube region. There is often a policy wishful thinking that clusters are sureties for economic success and prosperity. What does reality look like? How strongly is politics really involved in reality and how effectively can clusters participate in the implementation of S3? The study reveals f...
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Clusterentwicklung hat eine durchaus lange Tradition in Deutschland. Aber wie ist die deutsche Clusterlandschaft gegenwärtig strukturiert? Was sind die prägenden Merkmale? Wie entwickelten sich die Clusterinitiativen in den vergangenen Jahren weiter? Was sind Stärken und Herausforderungen der Clusterinitiativen in der Gesamtbetrachtung? Diese und w...
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Innovationen gelten seit vielen Jahren als Schlüssel für wirtschaftlichen Fortschritt und breiten Wohlstand. Forschung und Entwicklung ist ein wichtiges Element im Rahmen eines Innovationsprozesses. Gleichzeitig zeigt der Clusteransatz, dass die Nähe von Unternehmen sich positive auf die Innovations- und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit auswirkt. Gleichzeiti...
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In the context of regional economic development, there is an increasing interest to identify industrial transformation processes that lead to the emergence of new value chains and related industries. Such processes can provide competitive advantage for regions if they are timely identified and properly supported and represent huge potentials for re...
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This #methodologicalpaper addresses the challenges in #S3 implementation by drafting a workshop methodology for the identification and the development of #transformative activities. More specifically, it aims at supportingregional agencies in setting up a process of establishing priorities (identification and selection of transformative activities)...
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Technologische Entwicklungen und digitale Transformation beeinflussen Regionen und ihre Wettbewerbsfähigkeit immer stärker. Wegen der Dynamik und Komplexität dieser weltweiten Transformationsprozesse fällt es regionalen Verantwortungsträgern oftmals schwer, vor Ort zu priorisieren und geeignete Maßnahmen zu finden. Der Werkzeugkasten zur regionalen...
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In the context of regional development, there is increasing interest in identifying industrial transformation processes that lead to the emergence of new clusters. This demand is further fu-elled by the concept of Smart Specialisation (S3), which concentrates its approach on transformative activities. Without doubt, traditional cluster mapping can...
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This report presents the results of the BioBased Cluster Excellence Initiative (BBCEI) benchmarking exercise. By comparing the current 25 BBCEI clusters with 500 clusters from all over Europe (EU28 plus Norway), it offers valuable insights to cluster organisations operating Bio-based clusters in the Danube region.The BBCEI is a joint undertaking of...
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Clusters are a key element and instrument of modern innovation policy activities. However, as identified by the NGPExcellence report, “Clusters are Individuals”, the traditions and development levels of cluster policies and cluster organisations vary across regions and countries. In some countries cluster policies have been introduced only recently...
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Zur Entwicklung von zukunftsorientierten Regionalstrategien bestehen drei wesentliche Barrieren: • Mangelndes Bewusstsein für die Notwendigkeit regionaler Innovationsstrategien. Die Wirtschaft in Baden-Württemberg entwickelt sich seit Jahren überaus erfreulich; die Unternehmen können den nationalen und internationalen Bedarf kaum decken. In solchen...
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The market for Eco-Construction, especially wooden houses, is facing strong and rapid growth. There are many reasons for the growing demand, as there are more aspects than just concerns because of ecological issues. In addition to providing excellent heat and noise insulation, as well as energy savings, wooden-based Eco-Construction houses are pref...
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Zur Entwicklung von zukunftsorientierten Regionalstrategien bestehen drei wesentliche Barrieren: • Mangelndes Bewusstsein für die Notwendigkeit regionaler Innovationsstrategien. Die Wirtschaft in Baden-Württemberg entwickelt sich seit Jahren überaus erfreulich; die Unternehmen können den nationalen und internationalen Bedarf kaum decken. In solche...
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The DanuBioValNet project is aiming at establishing bio-based industry networks across the Danube Region. A better understanding of the phytopharmaceutical cluster landscape is essential to initiate transnational cooperation of clusters to foster bioeconomy and eco-innovations and in order to lead to a strengthening of the regional economies. For p...
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In den letzten Jahren sind allein 500 Forschungsprojekte zwischen Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft mit über 2.000 Teilprojekten seitens der Bundesregierung anteilig gefördert worden. Die Forschungsvorhaben zielten bzw. zielen sowohl auf klassische Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeiten als auch auf Marktvorbereitungs- und Markteinführungsmaßnahmen von bat...
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The management of cluster A1 carried out a so-called impact analysis in co-operation with the Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) in April/May 2012. The objective of the investigations was to find out in which fields and to which extent the players of cluster A had particularly profited from the networking and in which fields the members’...
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Dieser Themenband beschäftigt sich mit Fragen der zunehmenden Automation und Vernetzung, die unseren Alltag durchdringen. Die Perspektive der Autoren erlaubt einen neuen Blick auf den Umgang und die Nutzung von Daten durch Menschen und Maschinen, sowie die Veränderung der Aufgaben und Prozesse. Die damit verbundenen Arbeitsanforderungen werden zum...
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The study is to shed light on the current cluster landscape and cluster development within the Danube region, where remarkable progress in cluster development has been made over the recent years although the framework conditions for cluster development where more challenging due to an absence of stable cluster support schemes over many years. The s...
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Transformative activities can be understood as an accumulation of innovation-related activities of a group of actors targeting the same (technical, market or industrial) area and having the potential to significantly transform existing industries. They provide huge potential for regions to develop and ultimately to create jobs in innovative new are...
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The present Value Chain Mapping Report focuses on the Phytopharma Sector in the Danube Regin. Coinciding with the period during which the block chain technology proved to change the added value creation logic and with the time that perception of strategic timeframe shrinks to one year and less. The findings and conclusions of this report summarise...
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The findings and conclusions of this report summarise the regional Value Chain Mapping Reports on Biopackaging, with the specific focus on the missing links, main gaps, and constraints along the selected value chain and illustrate the most promising cooperation areas within this particular value chain. The report also provides observations and cons...
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The present Value Chain Mapping Report deal with the cross-sectoral topic of Bio-based Packaging. It is the first Value Chain Mapping Report in the Danube region. Coinciding with the period during which the block chain technology proved to change the added value creation logic and with the time that perception of strategic timeframe shrinks to one...
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This report provides the first perspective on Bio-based Packaging clusters across the Danube Region. One key novelty is the introduction of firm-level data to supplement the statistical data from national and EU statistical offices. This firmbased data significantly increases the robustness of the data, especially in countries like Germany that col...
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The European economy is still facing significant economic challenges, originating in the ongoing sovereign debt crisis that broke out in the wake of the global financial crisis, affecting a number of European countries. Since then, one key focus has been fiscal consolidation and the creation of a new framework for macroeconomic policy coordination...
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Along those lines, this discussion paper explores the role that clusters, cluster initiatives and cluster organisations can play in the context of workforce development within emerging industries. The key questions addressed in this discussion paper are as follows: What are the main challenges in provid-ing the necessary skills to grow the talent p...
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This discussion paper puts clusters and in particular cluster initiatives and cluster organisations into the spotlight as they constitute the players in the cluster ecosystem through which such an access can be provided. The European Forum for Clusters in Emerging Industries8 acknowledged that cluster organisations can play a vital role to facilita...
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For most of the stakeholders from industry, research, and politics, thinking out of the box is not an easy process. Trying new ways beyond one’s own competencies, products, service ranges and markets requires long-term commitment and the willingness to take risks, because success cannot be taken for granted. On the contrary, new cross industry and...
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Die Publikation "Erfolg durch Querdenken - Strategische Differenzierung in Unternehmen initiiert durch Cluster-Initiativen" beleuchtet das wichtige Thema der Diversifizierung eingehend, zeigt konkrete praktische Beispiele und diskutiert, welche Rolle Clustermanagement insbesondere einnehmen können.
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The objective of this Smart Guide to Cluster Policy is to promote the transition towards modern cluster policies by looking at what type of environment can be created and what institutions and support tools can be put in place in order to create growth opportunities and address the challenges likely to be faced. The guide offers practical he...
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This study introduces an entirely novel way to study the cooperative and noncooperative nature of clusters by looking at the selfish, profit-seeking interests of the actors within cluster initiatives. The approach provides a game theory inspired framework to study the dilemma of cluster actors between the fruitful cooperation with other actors and...
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The objective of the study was to identify and analyse trends in where and how clusters of related industries are transforming themselves and where new specialisation patterns give rise to the renewal, or the development, of emerging industries. The research aims to support policy-makers, cluster prac-titioners and companies to identify transformat...
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Nowadays, there is no longer any doubt that clusters offer a favourable and dynamic business environment which significantly increases the competitiveness and innovation capability of cluster actors. Clusters have become a key element and instrument of modern innovation policy activities. Although cluster policies and clusters vary considerably acr...
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The maturity level of an NIS as well as the performance of its actors may be improved by means of policy measures addressing either individual determinants or groups. As the determinants are often linked to each other the degree of improvement can even increase and leave a higher impact in the entire NIS. The ANIS approach also contains a portfolio...
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This paper presents a tool for the indicator-based analysis of national innovation systems (ANIS). ANIS identifies the economic strengths and weaknesses of a country-wide, regional or local system and includes a comprehensive examination and evaluation of the status of existing innovation systems. The use of a particular form of expert interviews a...
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Die Europäische Kommission verfolgt als innovationspolitischen Ansatz im Rahmen der Europa-2020-Strategie eine Orientierung, die in hohem Maße kompatibel ist zu Konzepten der regionalen Profilbildungen und in verschiedenen Clusterpolitiken ihren wohl deutlichsten Ausdruck findet.
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Longstanding cooperation between companies forms a special complex process hierarchy in clusters. The main businesses of the cluster is driven by the actors’ interests in staying competitive, improving competitiveness and obtaining high profits both as a cluster, but especially as an individual company. Cooperation and the actors’ selfish interests...
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The aim of this study is to analyse the key issues and challenges of clusters in CCI, and to develop a framework to measure outcomes and impacts of cluster initiatives in the field of creative and cultural industries (CCI) throughout Europe. Based on a better understanding on how and where cluster in CCI differ from those from traditional industrie...
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Longstanding cooperation between companies forms a special complex process hierarchy in clusters. The main businesses of the cluster is driven by the actors’ interests in staying competitive, improving competitiveness and obtaining high profits both as a cluster, but especially as an individual company. Cooperation and the actors’ selfish interests...
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History proves that humanity is ready for cooperation and it has a claim on cooperation. To put it simply, the modern enterprise is a typical product of contemporary human cooperation. The relations between the enter- prises and the other organisations mean a higher stage in the cooperation’s hierarchy. At present, the formation of clusters – the c...
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German clusters regarded in this report are mostly well-structured matured clusters, most of them having a dedicated regional focus. They have been confronted early with financing challenges, since most of the funding schemes in Germany are of declining nature. As a consequence, the diversity of financing origins enables a better sustainability of...
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The concept described here for evaluating clusters and networks was developed primarily in the context of the project “Expertise on developing a common evaluation/benchmarking system for all Hamburg clusters” for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg – Cluster Policy Department (IT3). T...
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The maturity level of an NIS as well as the performance of its actors may be improved by means of policy measures addressing either individual determinants or groups. As the determinants are often linked to each other the degree of improvement can even increase and leave a higher impact in the entire NIS. The ANIS approach also contains a portfolio...
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The analyses has provided a comprehensive set of infor- mation and new knowledge about the characteristics of cluster management organizations and clusters in terms of age, size, composition of membership, regional concentration and nancing. The key ndings of the comprehensive benchmarking analyses of cluster man- agement organizations include: • R...
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- 4 - Preface Regional and national competitiveness is not only driven by individual companies but increasingly accelerated by the innovative activities of entire industries and branches and has therefore become a key topic of economic and technology policies worldwide. As innovative firms grow faster than average and are more likely to survive dur...