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When genesis shapes cluster life cycle? Applying mixed method on a French cluster case study

Bastien Bernela (), Marie Ferru () and Marc-Hubert Depret
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Marie Ferru: CRIEF - Centre de Recherche sur l'Intégration Economique et Financière - Université de Poitiers
Marc-Hubert Depret: CRIEF - Centre de Recherche sur l'Intégration Economique et Financière - Université de Poitiers

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Abstract: Adding to the growing literature on cluster life cycle (CLC), this paper gives new insights focusing on the crucial stage of genesis. We argue that the process by which clusters came into existence matters by structuring its further development. We conceptualize this dynamic process through an evolutionary perspective-considering the relevance of history-enriched by the relational and institutional ones, giving the structuring role of interpersonal ties and institutions. To implement this comprehensive approach of CLC, data availability becomes a great challenge since historical and relational materials are needed. We suggest using an original mixed method we apply on a French cluster. Whereas our understanding of the preexisting stages of the cluster official birth is only based on qualitative data, its evolution is derived from quantitative approach interpreted by qualitative one. The CLC appears to be driven by historical features which make it able to adapt over time.

Keywords: Cluster life cycle; genesis; embeddedness; mixed method; cluster policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-10-15
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