The significance of identifying industrial clusters: the case of Scotland

Gerald Munyoro, John H. Ll. Dewhurst

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    Industrial clustering policy is now an integral part of economic development planning in most advanced economies. However, there have been concerns in some quarters over the ability of an industrial cluster-based development strategy to deliver its promised economic benefits and this has been increasingly been blamed on the failure by governments to identify industrial clusters. In a study published in 2001, the DTI identified clusters across the UK based on the comparative scale and significance of industrial sectors. The study identified thirteen industrial clusters in Scotland. However the clusters identified are not a homogeneous set and they seem to vary in terms of their geographic concentration within Scotland. This paper examines the spatial distribution of industries within Scotland, thereby identifying more localised clusters. The study follows as closely as possible the DTI methodology which was used to identify such concentrations of economic activity with particular attention directed towards the thirteen clusters identified by the DTI. The paper concludes with some remarks of the general problem of identifying the existence of industrial clusters.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Publication series

    NameDundee Discussion Papers in Economics
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    No.237
    ISSN (Print)1473-236X

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    Industrial cluster
    Scotland
    Industry
    Development planning
    Development strategy
    Spatial distribution
    Industrial sector
    Economic benefits
    Economic development
    Economic activity
    Clustering
    Integral
    Methodology
    Government
    Geographic concentration

    Keywords

    • Industrial clusters
    • Scottish economy
    • Travel-to-work areas

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    Munyoro, G., & Dewhurst, J. H. L. (2010). The significance of identifying industrial clusters: the case of Scotland. (Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics; No. 237). University of Dundee.
    Munyoro, Gerald ; Dewhurst, John H. Ll. / The significance of identifying industrial clusters: the case of Scotland. University of Dundee, 2010. (Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics; 237).
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