Analysis of industry-specific framework conditions for the development of world-class clusters

In order to obtain a realistic picture of the framework conditions relevant for the emergence and development of the industries in question, the notion of their dynamic nature was the centre of the analysis. The employed analytical framework illustrates the growth/decline of an industry while it goes through the six main stages of its life cycle ((1) precursor, (2) embryonic; (3) nurture; (4) growth; (5) mature; and (6) decline/renewal).

Extensive desk-research was performed for identifying the relevant general and specific framework conditions for all seven industries during each of the industry development stages up to maturity. The methodology report also contains consolidated tables presenting the key identified framework conditions mapped along the abovementioned industry lifecycle stages. 

Case studies were then conducted on industry-specific framework conditions for the development of world-class clusters in the creative industries, eco industries, and mobile services industries.

Life-cycle of regional industrial emergence

Source: adapted from Phaal R., O’Sullivan E., Routley M., Ford S., Probert D. (2011) A framework for mapping industrial emergence, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 78, Issue 2, February pp. 217-230

While the abovementioned approach is highly suitable for detailed industry analysis, the key requirement of empirical surveys refers to the comparability of collected regional data within and between the emerging industries in question. For this purpose, static but comprehensive typology of framework conditions consisting of seven categories: (1) financial; (2) industrial; (3) market; (4) cultural; (5) knowledge; (6) regulatory and policy; and (7) support framework conditions.

After operationalisation of identified framework conditions into measurable statements and collecting data, benchmarking was performed between regions within one industry category, and between different industries.

Case studies