Title: The cluster growth methodology and case study

Authors: Halvard E. Nystrom, Dan L. Shunk

Addresses: University of Missouri - Rolla, Rolla, MO 65409-0370,USA. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-5106, USA

Abstract: A methodology for collaborative development of regional economic policy is presented. Based on the systems approach and Porter|s Determinant Model, the Cluster Growth Methodology is a process that enhances communication and learning for the participants. It utilises the collaborative efforts of government, industry and academic organisations to develop effective and timely economic policy. This article reviews the methodology and the conceptual model it utilises. It then reviews their implementation within the Arizona-Sonora (Mexico) region and how it attempts to gain greater advantage of the North American Free Trade Agreement for regional manufacturing firms.

Keywords: methodology; industrial clusters; regional economic development; collaborative research; systems engineering; manufacturing; Arizona; Mexico.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2001.001392

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2001 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.2-14

Available online: 02 Jul 2003 *

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