The Capacity to Innovate: Cluster Policy and Management in the Biotechnology Sector

By Sarah Giest

© 2021

In The Capacity to Innovate, Sarah Giest provides insight into the collaborative and absorptive capacities needed to provide public support to local innovation through cluster organizations. The book offers a detailed view of the vertical, multi-level, and horizontal dynamics in clusters and cluster policy and addresses how they are managed and supported. Using the biotechnology field as an example, Giest highlights challenges in the collaborative efforts of public bodies, private companies, and research institutes to establish a successful eco-system of innovation in this sector.

The book argues that cluster policy in collaboration with cluster organizations should focus on absorptive and collaborative capacity elements missing in the cluster context in order to improve performance. Currently, governments operate at different levels - local to supranational - in order to support clusters, and cluster policies are often pursued in parallel to other programs. As the book shows, this can lead to uncoordinated efforts and ineffective cluster strategies. Relational dynamics are often overlooked when working backwards from performance indicators, since their effects are largely indirect but Giest demonstrates that both the cluster organization and the cluster eco-system play a role. The Capacity to Innovate advocates for a coordinated effort by government and cluster organizations to support capacity elements lacking within the specific cluster context.

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  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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The book develops a capacity framework for policymakers and researchers alike in order to address elements that limit the development of local innovation clusters.

The Capacity to Innovate: Cluster Policy and Management in the Biotechnology Sector

By Sarah Giest

© 2021

In The Capacity to Innovate, Sarah Giest provides insight into the collaborative and absorptive capacities needed to provide public support to local innovation through cluster organizations. The book offers a detailed view of the vertical, multi-level, and horizontal dynamics in clusters and cluster policy and addresses how they are managed and supported. Using the biotechnology field as an example, Giest highlights challenges in the collaborative efforts of public bodies, private companies, and research institutes to establish a successful eco-system of innovation in this sector.

The book argues that cluster policy in collaboration with cluster organizations should focus on absorptive and collaborative capacity elements missing in the cluster context in order to improve performance. Currently, governments operate at different levels - local to supranational - in order to support clusters, and cluster policies are often pursued in parallel to other programs. As the book shows, this can lead to uncoordinated efforts and ineffective cluster strategies. Relational dynamics are often overlooked when working backwards from performance indicators, since their effects are largely indirect but Giest demonstrates that both the cluster organization and the cluster eco-system play a role. The Capacity to Innovate advocates for a coordinated effort by government and cluster organizations to support capacity elements lacking within the specific cluster context.

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Sarah Giest is an assistant professor in the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University.
  • Table of contents

    INTRODUCTION 
    Biotechnology 
    Methodology 
    Structure of the book 

    CHAPTER 2: CAPACITY CONCEPTS IN CLUSTER AND INNOVATION RESEARCH 
    Geography of Innovation 
    Systems of Innovation 
    Network sociology 
    Clusters 
    Institutional layer 
    Capacity framework 

    CHAPTER 3: CLUSTER POLICY & CLUSTER ORGANIZATIONS 
    Role of Government 
    Innovation and Cluster Policy 
    Evaluation Challenge 
    Cluster Organizations 
    Propositions 

    CHAPTER 4: CLUSTER ANALYSIS 
    Biotechnology Sector 
    Cluster Key Performance Indicators 
    The Divided Cluster: Medicon Valley 
    Driver of the Midwest Super Cluster: Chicago 
    The Government-driven Cluster: Singapore 
    Finding the competitive edge: Vancouver 
    Summary 

    CHAPTER 5: INNOVATION CONTEXT FOR CLUSTER MANAGEMENT 
    Cluster organization characteristics 
    Capacity mechanism 
    Future outlook 

    CHAPTER 6: CONCLUDING REMARKS: CAPACITY-BUILDING IN BIOTECH CLUSTERS 
    Summary of the Findings 
    Advancing innovation and cluster theory 
    Limitations and future research questions 
    Policy Recommendations 
    References

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