Mapping the Evolution of 'Clusters': A Meta-Analysis

43 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2009

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Mario A. Maggioni

Diseis & CSCC, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Francesca Gambarotto

University of Padua - Department of Economics

Teodora Erika Uberti

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Date Written: October 15, 2009

Abstract

This paper presents a meta-analysis of the “cluster literature” contained in scientific journals from 1969 to 2007. Thanks to an original database we study the evolution of a stream of literature which focuses on a research object which is both a theoretical puzzle and an empirical widespread evidence. We identify different growth stages, from take-off to development and maturity. We test the existence of a life-cycle within the authorships and we discover the existence of a substitutability relation between different collaborative behaviours. We study the relationships between a “spatial” and an “industrial” approach within the textual corpus of cluster literature and we show the existence of a “predatory” interaction. We detect the relevance of clustering behaviours in the location of authors working on clusters and in measuring the influence of geographical distance in co-authorship. We measure the extent of a convergence process of the vocabulary of scientists working on clusters.

Keywords: Cluster, Life-Cycle, Cluster Literature, Textual Analysis, Agglomeration, Co-Authorship

JEL Classification: O18 , R12 , Z13, B41

Suggested Citation

Maggioni, Mario A. and Gambarotto, Francesca and Uberti, Teodora Erika, Mapping the Evolution of 'Clusters': A Meta-Analysis (October 15, 2009). FEEM Working Paper No. 74.2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489308 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1489308

Mario A. Maggioni (Contact Author)

Diseis & CSCC, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ( email )

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Francesca Gambarotto

University of Padua - Department of Economics ( email )

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Teodora Erika Uberti

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

Largo Gemelli, 1
Via Necchi 9
Milan, MI 20123
Italy

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