The Capacity to Innovate: Cluster Policy and Management in the Biotechnology Sector
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.
- Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
- World Rights
- Page Count: 200 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
"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 InformationSarah Giest is an assistant professor in the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University.
Table of contents
Structure of the book
CHAPTER 2: CAPACITY CONCEPTS IN CLUSTER AND INNOVATION RESEARCH
Geography of Innovation
Systems of Innovation
CHAPTER 3: CLUSTER POLICY & CLUSTER ORGANIZATIONS
Role of Government
Innovation and Cluster Policy
CHAPTER 4: CLUSTER ANALYSIS
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
CHAPTER 5: INNOVATION CONTEXT FOR CLUSTER MANAGEMENT
Cluster organization characteristics
CHAPTER 6: CONCLUDING REMARKS: CAPACITY-BUILDING IN BIOTECH CLUSTERS
Summary of the Findings
Advancing innovation and cluster theory
Limitations and future research questions
Subjects and Courses