Clusters and Industrial Districts: Where is the Literature Going? Identifying Emerging Sub-Fields of Research

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CONGRESO Clusters and Industrial Districts: Where is the Literature Going? Identifying Emerging Sub-Fields of Research

Abstract

The industrial district and cluster literature has generated an extraordinary quantity of articles, debates and topics for discussion, and encompasses one of the most vibrant lines of research in the field of economics, geography, management and related disciplines. The literature, however, is fairly fragmented. In this paper, ¿bibliometric¿ methods are used to analyse the cluster literature published between 1957 and 2014 in order to explore ¿prospective¿ research priorities through the method of ¿bibliographic coupling¿. Beyond focusing on foundational works in the past, this approach shifts the focus away from the practice of analysing co-citations and seminal contributions to one of looking at current and emerging trends in the literature. Using the ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) as a database, an examination of two samples of 3955 and 2419 articles is made. Results reveal the existence of sub-fields of inquiry that follow their own particular research agendas, which remain distinct yet interconnected to one another.