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International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital
International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital


Special Issue on: "Exploring Clusters of High Technology Industries: A Global Perspective"

Guest Editors:
Tomas Gabriel Bas, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile
Jingyuan Zhao, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

The interactions between technology, innovation and industrial location behaviours have come to be seen as essential features of regional development. Many researchers have devoted their time to understanding the factors explaining why particular types of technologies appear to blossom in particular localities, and how this affects local economic growth. But there is a question of why the results of clusters are different, showing some successes and also some failures amidst many intermediate results. Lessons are drawn from observations of particularly successful innovative regions as a means of re-modelling both industrial and regional policy. In the meantime, a comparative cross-country analysis of institutions from a global perspective is theoretically and practically important and helpful to find best practices so as to design proper management schemes and public policy inducements for clusters in different countries or regions.

As a worldwide economic phenomenon, clusters show remarkable performance in modern economic organizations, while high technology clusters have played a leading role since the 1990s due to their strong and lasting competitive advantage in regional economic development. Clusters of high technology are the important component of regional economy.

Why do high technology firms show differential growth rate in clusters? How can a cluster of high technology work more efficiently? What is the essence of competitiveness for a cluster of high technology? The special issue deals with issues revolving around the interactions between regional innovation system and innovation policy system, the effectiveness and efficiency of technology policy, the factors explaining superior performance of high technology firms, the cooperation between industries and academic institutions, the role of learning in technology innovation and cluster growth, as well as issues related to patents and intellectual property.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Surveys of high technology industries
  • Cluster growth experiences of developed and developing countries
  • Learning regions
  • Patents, intellectual capital, intellectual property protection
  • Regional innovation system, innovation environment, regional development
  • Critical resource and strategic capability
  • Government policy, technology policy
  • Industry-academia cooperation, technological alliance
  • Organisational learning
  • Knowledge management, knowledge spillover, knowledge flow
  • Managing core technology and competence
  • Science and technology intermediary services
  • Management of technology
  • Technology transfer, technology diffusion
  • Mobility of skilled individuals, human resources management
  • Case studies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Contact with Guest Editors: ASAP

Manuscripts due by: 30 December, 2010

Notification to authors: 15 February, 2011

Final versions due by: 28 February, 2011