Vol. 1 No. 1 (2007)

In search of clusters

Published December 31, 2007
Pytrik Altena
Wageningen University, Department of Social Sciences
Wim Heijman
Wageningen University, Department of Social Sciences


Altena , P. ., & Heijman, W. . (2007). In search of clusters. Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, 1(1), 7–17. https://doi.org/10.19041/APSTRACT/2007/1/1

The aim of this article is to present the ‘regional cluster quick scan’as an efficient and objective tool to scan a region of interest for the presence, nature and development phase of regional clusters. The ‘tool’developed in this research is based on the relations between the state of cluster development in regions, competitiveness, and economic growth. First, a theoretical model is developed and then this model is applied to a real case to test the validity of the model. The results indicate the possibility of identifying regional clusters and their competitiveness by using Shift and Share analysis.