Mapping the Evolution of 'Clusters': A Meta-Analysis
43 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2009
Date Written: October 15, 2009
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
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