The great social cluster muster

Phil Preston continues his investigation into creating shared value, and asks what role social factors have to play in the success of business clusters such as wine regions, or Silicon Valley.

If we look at the wine industry in Australia or the IT sector in Silicon Valley, California, we see how the development of clusters can improve the prospects of a region or industry, driving productivity, innovation and competitiveness.

What role do social factors play in this process?

Michael Porter has been advocating the power of clusters for many years. Along with Mark Kramer, he has explored the social dimensions of cluster development.

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