Special Issue "Regional Clusters: Sailing Together towards a New Economy"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2018).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Manuel Expósito-Langa
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Guest Editor
Universitat Politècnica de València, València, Spain
Interests: Industrial Districts; Clusters; Innovation; Networks; Social Capital; MNEs; Absorptive Capacity
Dr. José-Vicente Tomás-Miquel
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Guest Editor
Universitat Politècnica de València, València, Spain
Interests: Industrial Districts; Clusters; Innovation; Networks; Social Capital; MNEs; Local Supporting Organizations
Dr. José A. Belso-Martínez
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Guest Editor
Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain
Interests: Industrial Districts; Clusters; Innovation; Networks; Social Capital; MNEs; Institutions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Industrial clusters represent an important driver of growth and innovation in both developed and transition economies, where their study continues to attract the interest of the scientific community. As a result, multiple recent investigations are identified from different disciplines or approaches. As can be seen, the advantages derived from co-localization are constantly being refined with contributions aimed at deepening the study of the structural heterogeneity of cluster firms, the analysis of social networks, the access to global value chains, or the evolutionary trajectory of the cluster and its resilience capacity to manage new challenges and changes.

In short, and in spite of the fact that its relevance in certain academic forums is sometimes questioned, the analysis of the micro-mechanisms that underlie these productive systems anchored to the territory continues to represent a subject of interest in the literature. This aspect opens up countless research opportunities at the level of company strategies, roles of the different actors, differences in terms of behavior, specificities from the sectoral perspective or particularities at the macroeconomic level.

Within this contextual framework, this special issue of the Social Sciences Journal aims to be an opportunity to open debates and introduce new lines of research. Thus, contributions of a theoretical or empirical (qualitative or quantitative) nature, both at company and systemic level, are welcome. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the object of study, approaches from areas that are not strictly economic, such as geography or sociology, are particularly interesting. In this way, some topics of interest, among others, could be:

  • Agglomerations and creative industries
  • Network dynamics and evolution in clusters
  • Clusters and their evolutionary trajectory: decline and resilience
  • The related and unrelated variety in the present and future reality of clusters.
  • Clusters in developing and transition economies.
  • Industry 4.0 and clusters
  • Formal and informal institutions in the trajectory of the industrial cluster
  • Clusters, economic policy and its evaluation.
  • The role of multinationals in industrial clusters.
  • Clusters and the influence of global value chains
  • The role of big data and crowdfunding in cluster research

Dr. Manuel Expósito-Langa
Dr. José-Vicente Tomás-Miquel
Dr. José A. Belso-Martínez
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Clusters
  • Regional Development, Inter-organizational Networks
  • Transition Economies
  • Global Value Chains
  • Institutions

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Analysis of the Relationship between Support Institutions and Industrial Districts in Spain: A Regional Approach
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(2), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8020034 - 25 Jan 2019
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One of the constituent elements of the industrial district is the existence of local and regional institutions which offer information and support services to the firms based in the district. These institutions, as has been shown in the literature on industrial districts, in [...] Read more.
One of the constituent elements of the industrial district is the existence of local and regional institutions which offer information and support services to the firms based in the district. These institutions, as has been shown in the literature on industrial districts, in addition to representing an important component of social capital, can play a key role in improving the joint operation of the companies in the district. The aim of this paper is, consequently, to analyze the food industry districts and the institutions which support this industry nationally. With that aim in mind, the analysis is undertaken from a regional perspective that allows us to assess, on the one hand, the degree of proximity between districts and institutions and, on the other hand, the role played by the latter as knowledge generators. The results obtained show that, in general, the support institutions tend to be located in the vicinity of the industrial districts specialized in the aforementioned sector. It likewise becomes clear that the training offer aimed at meeting the training needs of the industry is greater in these specialized environments than in others where this production model does not prevail. Such results confirm the importance of institutions in business agglomerations shaped as industrial districts. Full article
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