Taking eleven countries in Europe, Canada, South Africa, America, Latin America and Australia, this book discusses recurring barriers to cluster development in the renewable energy sector. The authors look at the real-world dynamics and tensions between stakeholders on the ground, with a particular focus on the relationships between SMEs and other actors. This trans-regional study is unique in its scale and scope, drawing on a decade of field research to show how by learning from the successes and failures of other clusters, costs and risk can be reduced. The book fills a significant gap in the literature for policymakers, managers and economic developers in a key market.
Prof. Gudrun Jaegersberg holds a Chair in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau/ Germany and Dr. Jenny Ure is an academic researcher at the University of Edinburgh/UK. They have collaborated for over a decade on the recurring barriers in clusters, supply chains and extended enterprises in different industry sectors in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia and South Africa. The authors have very extensive project experience in different industry sectors and different cultural contexts. Their books and journal publications focus on this to provide insights into the economic value of aligning technical and human infrastructure in distributed systems, as a means of cutting risk and creating value.
Part I: Setting the Scene.- Part II: Case Studies.- Part III: Discussion of Cross-Cutting Barriers.- Part IV: Conclusion