Cluster analysis as a mode of inquiry: Its use in science and technology policymaking in North Carolina

Edward J. Feser, Michael I. Luger

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Abstract

We argue that cluster analysis is best viewed as a general mode of inquiry rather than a narrow technical methodology in regional economic analysis. The perspective emphasizes the value of cluster studies as starting points for open discussions among public officials, business leaders, and the lay public about their values and priorities for economic development. We illustrate our thesis with reference to two cluster studies that are influencing technology-focused regional development and education policy in the State of North Carolina.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-24
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

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