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Evolution of Regional Clusters in Nanotechnology: Empirical Findings from Germany
Volume 4, Issue 4

Sebastian Henn, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

In this article, Sebastian Henn aims at establishing a wider understanding of the evolution of spatial clusters. It will be argued that the potential to generate regional growth is dependent on the way a cluster emerges. Two models of cluster formation will be distinguished in detail—start-up clusters and unrelated spatial concentrations. In its sectoral orientation, the study is focused on nanotechnology, a key technology/industry said to contribute to new growth spurts in the industrialized world. By analysing the evolution of regional clusters in the Saarland and in Berlin-Brandenburg (Germany), it will be shown that both types of cluster formation can be found in nanotechnology, demanding different modes of policy intervention.

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