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 ecosystem 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 – from the local to the supranational – in order to support clusters, and cluster policies are often pursued alongside other programs, leading to uncoordinated efforts and ineffective cluster strategies. 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
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  • Page Count: 200 pages
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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 ecosystem 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 – from the local to the supranational – in order to support clusters, and cluster policies are often pursued alongside other programs, leading to uncoordinated efforts and ineffective cluster strategies. The Capacity to Innovate advocates for a coordinated effort by government and cluster organizations to support capacity elements lacking within the specific cluster context.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "This is a timely and highly relevant book. Focusing on ‘capacity to innovate’ Giest suggests a new framework for studying the effectiveness of cluster policy. It provides a fresh new angle about a long under-estimated question, namely, how can governments develop effective policy stimulating innovation in clusters. With good theoretical insights and solid empirical basis, this book will be useful for academics and cluster managers alike."


    Susana Borrás, Professor of Innovation and Governance, Copenhagen Business School

    "Over the past thirty years, clusters have attracted the attention of an impressive number of scholars and policy makers. While we have gained significant knowledge about how clusters work, we know less about the functioning and impacts of cluster policies. The Capacity to Innovate contributes to such an understanding and will better inform a new breed of cluster policies for the future ."


    Elisa Giuliani, Professor, University of Pisa

    "This book is a timely contribution focusing on the biotechnology sector through four in-depth case studies, in addition to presenting theoretically informed chapters and an international survey of cluster initiatives across different sectors. The result is highly relevant, recommended for policy makers, practitioners, and cluster managers, in addition to academics studying clusters."


    Björn Asheim, Affiliated Professor at the Centre for Innovation Research (CIRCLE), Lund University
  • 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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