Title: Re-management of clusters at the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) for improving Thailand's technological capabilities

Authors: Jarunee Wonglimpiyarat, Jantana Suksai, Jaruwan Jatekatekij

Addresses: The National Science and Technology Development Agency, Ministry of Science and Technology, 114 Thailand Science Park, Paholyothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand. ' The National Science and Technology Development Agency, Ministry of Science and Technology, 114 Thailand Science Park, Paholyothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand. ' The National Science and Technology Development Agency, Ministry of Science and Technology, 114 Thailand Science Park, Paholyothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand

Abstract: According to the economic policy of Thailand, the Thai government has emphasised the competitiveness of the nation by using the cluster-based approach as the main strategy for industrial and economic development. The re-management of clusters undertaken at the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), a major research organisation in Thailand, is based on the concept of the National System of Innovation (NSI). Now a shift is being planned at NSTDA to direct and expand the clusters, based on the national competitiveness agenda recommended by Professor Porter (1990; 1998; 2001). The paper presents the process of defining the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) and using the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) as a framework for translating NSTDA|s strategic direction into action. Policy implications and supportive initiatives at NSTDA will be useful for research organisations in other countries to exploit the industrial cluster concept for enhancing the nation|s technological capabilities.

Keywords: cluster-based strategy; re-management; National System of Innovation; NSI; innovation systems; knowledge-based economy; Thailand; technological capability; cluster remanagement; industrial clusters; key performance indicators; KPI; balanced scorecard; BSC.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2006.010682

International Journal of Business Environment, 2006 Vol.1 No.2, pp.162 - 176

Published online: 18 Aug 2006 *

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