The Fourth SmartEIZ Training Workshop on “Cluster Evolution” was held from 6th to 8th September, 2017 at ICRIOS, Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University.
The workshop lasted 3 days and saw the participation of researchers. During the three days, EIZ researchers had the opportunity to listen to and interact with international experts discussing the topic of cluster evolution from different perspectives – industrial cluster demography and performance, cultural clusters, role of clusters in fostering SMEs performance, methods and policies for cluster evaluation. Furthermore, they also had the chance to present their own work. Finally, they also had the chance to visit RSE, an energy-oriented research center that belongs to the Lombardy Energy CleanTech Cluster, and to listen to a very comprehensive presentation by the Director of the Cluster.
In summary, the TW has been very useful and intense. It allowed participants to get to know the state of the art in relation to cluster evolution and the most relevant emerging issues on the topic. Furthermore, EIZ researchers had the chance to present their own research in front of experts in the field and received useful comments and suggestions on how to bring forward their research in order to write papers that could be published in international journals. Finally, TW was not only an opportunity to establish academic relationships, but also to interact with practitioners and to exchange views on the best practices associated to clusters management, which is extremely important from a policy perspective.
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