ESC
Web of Science
Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues Open Access
Scopus - coverage starting with 2017 material
Received: 2017-04-13  |  Accepted: 2017-06-10  |  Published: 2017-09-29

Title

Cluster performance: an attempt to evaluate the Lithuanian case


Abstract

The article takes place in the research area of the ongoing European project ‘Cluster Development Med’ (Horizon 2020) regarding the innovation and technology in the sustainable development field. Authors suggest a model, which allows to identify the most successful clusters and make comparisons between and within them. The analysis defines where they perform a positive or negative trend in the area examined. The model embraces three dimensions of cluster activity, so called, “Resources, Activities, Processes”. They have been determined on the work of the Lithuanian association “Knowledge Economy Forum”, called “Cluster Analysis”. Data for practical evaluation purposes were obtained through two stage process. First, an interview on site with the coordinators of the Lithuanian clusters for data collection was done through a questionnaire survey, developed in collaboration with the Science and Innovation Agency of the Lithuanian Government. Secondly, the data have been aggregated by applying one of multi-criteria methods, specifically, Simple Additive Weighting method. Finally, the multi-criteria analysis results were used to estimate the efficiency of the clusters. The results were compared through suggested benchmarking. Suggested model can be used for evaluation of performance of different clusters.


Keywords

cluster, firm performance, cluster performance, performance measurement, Lithuania


JEL classifications

L25 , R10


URI

http://jssidoi.org/jesi/article/132


DOI


HAL


Pages

43-57


Funding

This research was supported by the project, which has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges ES H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014 CLUSDEVMED (2015-2019) Grant Agreement Number 645730730

This is an open access issue and all published articles are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Authors

Monni, Salvatore
Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy http://www.uniroma3.it
Articles by this author in: CrossRef |  Google Scholar

Palumbo, Francesco
Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy http://www.uniroma3.it
Articles by this author in: CrossRef |  Google Scholar

Tvaronavičienė, Manuela
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania http://www.vgtu.lt
Articles by this author in: CrossRef |  Google Scholar

Journal title

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues

Volume

5


Number

1


Issue date

September 2017


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

Cited

Google Scholar

Article views & downloads

HTML views: 1191  |  PDF downloads: 276

References


Ahmed, A.; McGough, D.; Mateo-Garcia, M. 2017. Testing innovative technologies for retrofitting: Coventry University as a living lab, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 4(3): 257-270. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2017.4.3S(2)

Search via ReFindit


Andersson, T. 2004. The Cluster Policies Whitebook. International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.197.4531&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Search via ReFindit


Arrighetti, A.; Seravalli, G. 1999. Istituzioni Intermedie E Sviluppo Locale. Roma: Published by Donzelli.

Search via ReFindit


Arrow, K. 1962. Economic Welfare and the Allocation of Resources for Invention, in R. Nelson (ed.). The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 609-626.

Search via ReFindit


Barney, J. 1991. Firm Resources and Sustained Competitive Advantage. Journal of Management 17(1): 99-120. https://business.illinois.edu/josephm/BA545_Fall%202011/S10/Barney%20(1991).pdf

Search via ReFindit


Costa, E.; Bevilacqua, C.; Trillo, C.; Trupiano, G. 2011. A new paradigm to conciliate neo-liberal economy and sustainable urban regeneration: Commercial Local Urban Districts https://www.unirc.it/documentazione/materiale_didattico/597_2011_286_13277.pdf

Search via ReFindit


Boschma, R. A. 2005. Proximity and innovation: a critical assessment. Regional Studies 39, 61–74. https://doi.org/10.1080/0034340052000320887

Search via ReFindit


Bosworth, B.; Broun, D. 1996. Connect the Dots: Using Cluster-Based Strategies to Create Urban Employment. Firm Connections 4(2): 1–6.

Search via ReFindit


Braune et al. 2016. The Performance of Independent Active SMEs in French Competitiveness Clusters. Industry and Innovation 4(23): 313-330. https://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2016.1145574

Search via ReFindit


Broekel, Tom, Fornahl, Dirk, Morrison, Andrea, 2015. Another cluster premium: Innovation subsidies and R&D collaboration networks. Research Policy, Elsevier 44(8): 1431-1444. https://doi.org10.1016/j.respol.2015.05.002

Search via ReFindit


Carpinetti, L.C.R.; Oiko, O.T. 2008. Development and application of a benchmarking information system in clusters of SMEs, Benchmarking: An International Journal 15 (3): 292 – 306. https://doi.org/10.1108/14635770810876601

Search via ReFindit


Cerezo, Y. et al. 2015. The UVF adapted Quintuple Helix Model "CICLIA" a New Globalized Educational Proposal.

Search via ReFindit


Commercial Local Urban Districts. SIU (The Society of Italian Urban Planners) – XIV Conference. Selected papers, Ed. By Costa, E.; Bevilacqua, C.; Trillo, C.; Trupiano, G. March, 24-25-26, Turin, Italy. file:///C:/Users/Manuela/Downloads/costa_etal.pdf

Search via ReFindit


Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme. 2011. Cassandra: a multivariate platform for assessing the impact of strategic decisions in electrical power systems.

Search via ReFindit


Delgado, M.; Porter, M; Stern, S. 2014. Clusters, Convergence, and Economic Performance. Research Policy 43(10): 1785–1799. https://doi.org/10.3386/w18250

Search via ReFindit


Ellison, G.; Glaeser, E.L.; Kerr, W. R. 2010. American Economic Review (100): 1195–1213. http://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/aer.100.3.1195

Search via ReFindit


Ellison, G.; Glaeser, E. 1997. Geographic Concentration in U.S. Manufacturing Industries: A Dartboard Approach. The Journal of Political Economy 105(5): 889–927. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.548.1673&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Search via ReFindit


European Commission, 2014. European Commission: CORDIS: Projects 6 Results Service: Cluster Development Med http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/196630_it.html

Search via ReFindit


FAO, 2010. Agricultural Management, Marketing and Finance Occasional Paper: Agro-based clusters in developing countries: staying competitive in a globalized economy. Research Paper No. 25/10. > http://www.fao.org/docrep/012/i1560e/i1560e.pdf

Search via ReFindit


Fitjar, R.D., Rodríguez-Pose, A., 2017. Nothing is in the air. Growth Change 48: 22–39. https://doi.org/10.1111/grow.12161

Search via ReFindit


Fuschi, D. L.; Tvaronavičienė, M. 2016. A network based business partnership model for SMEs management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 3(3): 282-289. 10.9770/jesi.2016.3.3(5) https://doi.org

Search via ReFindit


Ginevičius, R., Podvezko, V. 2008. Daugiakriterinio vertinimo taikymo galimybės kiekybiniam socialinių reiškinių vertinimui, Verslas: Teorija ir praktika (Possibilities of multi-criteria methods for evaluation of social phenomena quantitate evaluation, Business: Theory and Practice) 9 (2): 81 – 87. https://doi.org/10.3846/1648-0627.2008.9.81-87

Search via ReFindit


Hilkevics, S.; Hilkevics, A. 2017. The comparative analysis of technology transfer models, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 4(4): 540-558. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2017.4.4(11)

Search via ReFindit


Hsu, M.; Lai, Y; Lin, F. 2014. The impact of industrial clusters on human resource and firms performance, Journal of Modelling in Management 9(2): 141–159. https://doi.org/10.1108/JM2-11-2012-0038

Search via ReFindit


Jurevicius, O. 2013. Value Chain Analysis. Strategic Management Insights. Available on the internet https://www.strategicmanagementinsight.com/tools/value-chain-analysis.html

Search via ReFindit


Karaev A.; Lenny Koh, S.C.; Szamosi, L.S. 2007. The cluster approach and SME competitiveness: a review, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management 18(7): 818–835 https://doi.org/10.1108/17410380710817273

Search via ReFindit


Kerr, W. R.; Kominers, S.D. 2015. Agglomerative Forces and Cluster Shapes, The Review of Economics and Statistics 97(4): 877–899. https://doi.org/10.1162/REST_a_00471

Search via ReFindit


Kljucnikov, A., Popesko, B. (2017). Export and its Financing in The SME Segment. Case Study From Slovakia. Journal of Competitiveness 9(1): 20-35. https://doi.org/10.7441/joc.2017.01.02

Search via ReFindit


Kozubikova, L., Homolka, L., Kristalas, D. (2017). The Effect of Business Environment and Entrepreneurs’: Gender on perception of financial risk in the SMEs sector. Journal of Competitiveness 9(10): 36 – 50. https://doi.org/10.7441/joc.2017.01.03

Search via ReFindit


Krugman, P. 1991. Geography and Trade. Cambridge, MA: Published by MIT Press.

Search via ReFindit


Lin, J.Y.; Nugent, J.B. 1996. Institutions and Economic Development, in Chenery H. - Srinivasan T.N. - Behrman J. (eds.), Handbook of Development Economics, North Holland: 2301-2370. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2015.05.002

Search via ReFindit


Lopez-Ortega, E. et al. 2016. Classification of micro, small and medium enterprises (M-SME) based on their available levels of knowledge. Technovation 47: 59-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.technovation.2015.10.001

Search via ReFindit


Maffioli, A.; Pietrobelli, C; Stucchi, R. 2016. The impact Evaluation of Cluster Development Programs: Method and Practices. New York: Published by Inter-American Development Bank. file:///C:/Users/Manuela/Downloads/The-Impact-Evaluation-of-Cluster-DevelopmentPrograms-Methods-and-Practice.pdf

Search via ReFindit


Marshall A. 2000. Principles of Economics. London: Published by Macmillan.

Search via ReFindit


Maskell, P.; Malmberg, A. 1999. Localised learning and industrial competitiveness. Camb. J. Econ. 23: 167–185. https://doi.org/10.1093/cje/23.2.167

Search via ReFindit


Monni, S.; Spaventa, A. 2007. What Next? How the Internationalisation Process Might Lead to the Dissolution of Veneto’s LowTechnology Industrial Districts. Rivista di Politica Economica: 171-217. http://hdl.handle.net/11590/148372

Search via ReFindit


Monni, S.; Spaventa, A. 2009. Cluster e distretti tecnologici: modelli e politiche, in Argomenti 26: 71-98. https://doi.org/10.3280/ARG2009-026004

Search via ReFindit


Morrison, A.; Rabellotti, R; Zirulia, L. 2013. When Do Global Pipelines Enhance the Diffusion of Knowledge in Clusters?, Economic Geography 89(1): 77-96.

Search via ReFindit


Nuur, C. 2005. Cluster dynamics and industrial policy in peripheral regions: a study of cluster formation as a local development process. Stockholm: Pubilshed by Universitetsservice US AB. https://www.divaportal.org/smash/get/diva2:13761/FULLTEXT01.pdf

Search via ReFindit


OECD (Organisation of Economic Co-Operation and Development). 2007. Competitive Regional Clusters. National Policy Approaches. Paris: Published by OECD. http://www.oecd.org/cfe/regional-policy/competitiveregionalclustersnationalpolicyapproaches.htm

Search via ReFindit


Pietrobelli, C.; Rabellotti, R. 2007. Upgrading to Compete: Clusters and Value Chains in Latin America. Cambridge, MA: Published by Harvard University Press.

Search via ReFindit


Porter, M. 2000. Location, Competition, and Economic Development: Local Clusters in a Global Economy, Economic Development Quarterly 14(1): 15-34. https://doi.org/10.1177/089124240001400105

Search via ReFindit


Porter, M. E. 1998. Clusters and the New Economics of Competition, Harvard Business Review 76(6): 77–90. https://www.csus.edu/indiv/c/chalmersk/econ251fa12/clustersneweconofcompetition.pdf

Search via ReFindit


Prause, G.; Atari, S. 2017. On sustainable production networks for Industry 4.0, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 4(4): 421-431. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2017.4.4(2)

Search via ReFindit


Putnam R. 1993. Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions In Modern Italy. Princeton: Published by Princeton University Press. https://books.google.lt/books?hl=lt&lr=&id=gKZP8_Tp27UC&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=Putnam+R.+1993.+Making+Democracy+Work:+Civic+Traditions+In+Modern+Italy.+Princeton:+Published+by+Princeton+University+Press&ots=5p4BpIeE_O&sig=F1Cx1z2SnzA_eav7E_uW2asqW0g&redir_esc=y

Search via ReFindit


Razminienė, Kristina; Tvaronavičienė, Manuela; Zemlickienė, Vaida. 2016. Evaluation of cluster efficiency tool, Terra Economicus 14(3): 101-111. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18522/2073-6606-2016-14-3-101-111

Search via ReFindit


Rezk, M. R. A.; Ibrahim, H. H.; Tvaronavičienė, M.; Sakr, M. M; Piccinetti, L. (2015). Measuring of innovation activities in Egypt: the case of industry, Entrepreneurship and sustainability issues 3(1): 47–55. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2016.3.4(1)

Search via ReFindit


Rodríguez-Pose, A., Crescenzi, R., 2008. Research and development, spillovers, innovation systems, and the genesis of regional growth in Europe. Regional Studies 42: 51–67. 10.1080/00343400701654186 https://doi.org

Search via ReFindit


Romer, P. 1986. Increasing Returns and Long Run Growth, Journal of Political Economy 94: 1002–1037.

Search via ReFindit


Rosenthal, S., and W. Strange. 2004. Evidence on the Nature and Sources of Agglomeration Economies, Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics 4: 2119–2171. http://www.econ.brown.edu/Faculty/henderson/WillAndStuart.pdf

Search via ReFindit


Tvaronavičienė M.; Razminienė, K.; Piccinetti, L. 2015a. Cluster efficiency study through benchmarking, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues 3(2):120-128. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2015.3.2(0)

Search via ReFindit


Tvaronavičienė, M.; Černevičiūtė, J. 2015b. Technology transfer phenomenon and its impact on sustainable development, Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues 5(1): 87–97. DOI: https://doi.org/10.9770/jssi.2015.5.1(7)

Search via ReFindit


UNIDO Programme, 2001. Development of Clusters and Networks of SMEs. Available on the Internet https://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/Services/PSD/Clusters_and_Networks/SMEbrochure_UNIDO.pdf

Search via ReFindit


Zemlickiene, V.; Mačiulis, A.; Tvaronavičienė, M. 2017. Factors impacting the commercial potential of technologies: expert approach, Technological and Economic Development of Economy 23(2): 410-427 https://doi.org/10.3846/20294913.2016.1271061

Search via ReFindit


Ziniu Ekonomikos Forumas, 2012. Klaster Studija, Vilnius. Available on the internet http://www.mita.lt/uploads/documents/teisine_informacija/zef_klasteriu_studija.pdf

Search via ReFindit