Industrial agglomeration is at the centre of global attention. The implementation of agglomeration has helped emerging economies to alleviate poverty, achieve economic growth, and reduce regional gaps. This book provides a coherent and useful framework to explain the formation of agglomeration and the endogenous innovation process of upgrading industrial clusters to the higher R&D. This book contains country studies including; the small and medium scale industries clusters in China; the software industry cluster in India; Japan's industrial cluster policy; the automobile industry clusters in Malaysia; the industrial cluster in the Greater Bangkok, Thailand; the biotechnology industry cluster in Singapore; and the industrial clusters in Rio de Janeiro.
The chapters in this volume are based on interviews, field work and micro econometrics, with a specific focus on global and local linkages. This book is essential reading for all interested in industrial cluster policies and development economics.