Comparing High Technology Firms in Developed and Developing Countries: Cluster Growth Initiatives

Comparing High Technology Firms in Developed and Developing Countries: Cluster Growth Initiatives

Tomas Gabriel Bas (University Adolfo Ibañez, Chile) and Jingyuan Zhao (University of Québec at Montréal, Canada)
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Release Date: May, 2012|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 286
ISBN13: 9781466616462|ISBN10: 1466616466|EISBN13: 9781466616479|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1646-2


Clusters are geographic concentrations of interconnected companies, specialized suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in a particular field that are present in a nation or region. The development and upgrading of clusters is an important agenda for governments, companies, and other institutions. Cluster growth initiatives are an important new direction in economic policy, building on earlier efforts in macroeconomic stabilization, privatization, market opening, and cost reduction related to doing business.

Comparing High Technology Firms in Developed and Developing Countries: Cluster Growth Initiatives is the leading source of information for readers interested in this field of study as it promotes scientific discussion on policies and practice of cluster growth, as well as covers the emerging research topics which are going to define the future of the management of technology. Furthermore, this book demonstrates the effectiveness and efficiency of technology policy based on observations of differential growth rate of high technology firms in clusters, and explores the factors that explain superior performance of high technology firms to contribute the improvement of technology policy in both developed and developing countries.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Industry-Academia Cooperation
  • Innovation Environments
  • Knowledge flow
  • Knowledge Spillover
  • Patents and Intellectual Property
  • Role of Government and Public Policy
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Technology and Natural Resources
  • Venture Capital

Reviews and Testimonials

Technology is the cornerstone of national development. The presence and wide-spread use of high technology marks the distinguishing characteristics between developed and developing countries. It is, thus, important to have a comparative analysis of high technology firms in developed and developing countries. This edited book does exactly that. The editors assembled a wide array of world-renowned experts, who provided a wide coverage of various topics dealing with high technology.

– Adedeji Badiru, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio, USA

“Comparing High Technology Firms in Developed and Developing Countries: Cluster Growth Initiative” is a well structured and rich volume providing an analysis of clusters in varied technology fields and in several developing and developed counties both in theoretical and empirical levels. [...] This volume provides analyses of cluster growth initiatives in-depth and from varied aspects in different industries or countries, focusing on clusters of high-technology firms. The quality of both the theoretical and empirical frameworks utilized in the various papers is high. This is a well documented book which informs and illuminates an important area of research for anyone interested in cluster growth initiatives and the role of researchers, firms and government.

– Tomoko Saiki, Professor emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Tomas Gabriel Bas, Ph.D. in Technology Management and Marketing of Innovation from University of Quebec (Canada). He has a M.Sc. in Environment of University of Montreal (Canada). He has two post-doctoral in Technology Innovation Clusters from University of Quebec (Canada) and in Knowledge and Technology Innovation in Natural Resources Industries from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Chile). His research projects focus on biotechnology management, technological innovation, clusters, knowledge in natural resources and public policies. He is professor of technology and innovation management at the University Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile) and consultant for World Bank, United Nations, IDRC, Statistics Canada and many multinationals firms. Honors: “Who’s Who in the World”, 28th Edition – 2010 and 2011; “Top 100 Scientists 2011” International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England; “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century – 2011”. International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England; "Bright Minds - Brain World Class". One of the 10's most influential researchers of Chile in Economics and Management (according to international citation index ISI).
Jingyuan Zhao is a Research Fellow on the Management of Technology at the Canada Research Chair, University of Québec at Montréal, Canada, and an Associate Professor at School of Management, Beijing Union University, China. Her PhD is in Management Science and Engineering in Chinese Academy of Sciences and University of Science and Technology of China. She completed a Postdoctoral Program in the Technology Economy and Management from Harbin Institute of Technology, China. Dr. Zhao’s expertise is on technological innovation, knowledge management, technology diffusion, organization learning, intellectual capital, industrial cluster. She serves as a Guest Editor for international journals and is an Invited Reviewer for China’ state-run newspaper, West Times, to provide comments on the economy.