The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School has
been selected by the U.S. Commerce Departmentís Economic Development
Administration (EDA) to lead the Cluster Mapping Project for the United States.
The project aims to provide policymakers and development practitioners across
America with rich data and tools for understanding industry clusters in every
region of the country, together with tool kits and case studies to assist in
formulating economic development strategies. In addition, the project will
develop a directory of active cluster initiatives throughout the country.
Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School to Map
Clusters in U.S. Regions
Project sponsored by the U.S. Economic Development
December 1, 2010
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Mapping the Nationís Regional Innovation Clusters
Webinar with Christian Ketels
January 13, 2011
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Commerce and Economic
Development John Fernandez discussed the merits of innovation clusters prior to
introducing Dr. Christian Ketels of the Institute for Strategy and
Competitiveness at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Ketels presented on the
recently announced, EDA-funded Cluster Mapping Project.
About Cluster Mapping
While some determinants
of competitiveness are national in scope or the
result of national policies, many are regional
and local. Such things as the quantity and quality
of specialized skills, infrastructure, and technology,
and the presence of clusters vary markedly across
regions. This leads to substantial differences
in prosperity among states and regions within
a nation. States and cities need economic strategies
not just nations.
The Institute's current Cluster
Mapping Project (CMP) will form a base for a
portion of the ambitions of this project. The CMP uses statistical techniques
to profile the performance over time of regional
economies in the United States, with a special
focus on clusters. Clusters are geographically
concentrated groups of interconnected companies,
universities, and related institutions that arise
out of linkages or externalities across industries.
The CMP is an outgrowth of research at the Institute
for Strategy and Competitiveness aimed at finding objective, quantitative
measures to compare regional economies over time and to understand the critical
drivers of their prosperity. Defining clusters using consistently based
statistical methods, and comparing cluster positions across regions, allows a
more detailed understanding of the composition of regional economies and their
For any region in the U.S., the CMP can compare
overall economic and patenting performance to other regions, identify the most
important clusters in the economy, and measure their relative performance over
time. The CMP data provides a way to understand the underlying drivers of a
region's mix of jobs, relative wages, employment growth, formation of new firms,
and patenting performance.
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of the 50 U.S. states
based on this approach were prepared for the
National Governors Association Winter Meeting 2011 in conjunction with Michael
Porter's presentation there.