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Are Clusters effective systems for Regional Innovation in North Rhine Westfalia?- illustrated on the AutoCluster.NRW -

Hansmeier, Marc Michael (2015) Are Clusters effective systems for Regional Innovation in North Rhine Westfalia?- illustrated on the AutoCluster.NRW -.

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Abstract:This paper aims at analysing the main ingredients of innovation of the state North Rhine Westphalia and the states innovation potential for future economic growth. To get a better insight of how the ingredients of innovation in NRW can be characterized the paper provides a general definition of „innovation” by describing the preconditions of economic developments according to Schumpeter ́s theory. After that introduction a closer look at the ingredients of innovation will be given by Cooke ́s theory of „regional innovation systems“ (RIS). Cooke ́s theory divides the ingredients of regional innovation in an infrastructural and a superstructural concept. This separation makes it possible to describe in detail which ingredients the state NRW provides and how they are transferred into a successful RIS. For the definition of the superstructural concept a link will be made to Porter ́s „Cluster approach“ (1998). The inclusion of Porter ́s „Cluster approach“ (1998) to Cooke ́s theory of „regional innovation systems“ (2001) offers a precise extraction of the ingredients for regional innovation the state NRW provides. After the theoretical framework of the paper is established the models will be used as an analytical tool to examine the data and facts which can be found about the state NRW. The research question, we would like to examine within the analytical part of the paper is; Are Clusters effective systems for Regional Innovation in North Rhine Westfalia? – illustrated on the AutoCluster.NRW.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68003
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