Silicon Valley in the Polder? Entrepreneurial Dynamics, Virtuous Clusters and Vicious Firms in the Netherlands and Flanders

34 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2007

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W. Hulsink

affiliation not provided to SSRN

H. Bouwman

Delft University of Technology

Tom Elfring

VU University Amsterdam

Date Written: July 24, 2007

Abstract

High-technology starters do not operate in a vacuum and innovation is not a solitary activity. The activities of technology-based firms are embedded in socio-economic networks with other companies, investors, universities, vocational institutions, etc. The geographical proximity of those institutions and infrastructural hubs will partly play a role in determine the location of ICT firms decision. Furthermore, many high-tech companies shape clusters around areas where their major customers are located. The topic of this paper is regional clustering Enright, 1992; Rosenfeld, 1997within the context of Internet and ICT technology. A dynamic model previously developed for the analysis of ICT-entrepreneurship and networking will be applied to make a critical analysis of five ICT-clusters in the Netherlands and Flanders (Northern part of Belgium): the Louvain Technology Corridor, Flanders Language Valley, Amsterdam Alley, Dommel Valley, and Twente.

Keywords: Netherlands, networks, clusters, ICT, high-tech entrepreneurship, Flanders

Suggested Citation

Hulsink, W. and Bouwman, H. and Elfring, Tom, Silicon Valley in the Polder? Entrepreneurial Dynamics, Virtuous Clusters and Vicious Firms in the Netherlands and Flanders (July 24, 2007). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-048-ORG. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1008394

W. Hulsink (Contact Author)

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H. Bouwman

Delft University of Technology ( email )

Stevinweg 1
Stevinweg 1
Delft, 2628 CN
Netherlands

Tom Elfring

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

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