In the past two decades, clusters have received widespread attention as an instrument for enabling firms to overcome internal limitations by joining efforts and resources with other firms, R&D institutions and universities, and public sector organizations in pursuit of a common objective or vision. Clustering however is something that has been happening spontaneously throughout time. In the 21st century a lot of work has been done towards the system approach of clusters and the policies that should be followed. However for a cluster to be formed there should be enough companies who want to change, who share the same vision and who have compatible needs. But that is not enough. These companies need to have the appropriate internal organizational structure that will allow them to support the growth and spread of innovation by, for example, participating in a cluster. It also presupposes a desire to plan for the future. The current article addresses this issue as part of the preliminary stage of a PhD research project concerning the possibility of construction clusters in the region of Crete.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2010|