The cluster growth methodology and case study

Halvard E. Nystrom, Dan Shunk

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A methodology for collaborative development of regional economic policy is presented. Based on the systems approach and Porter’s Determinant Model, the Cluster Growth Methodology is a process that enhances communication and learning for the participants. It utilizes the collaborative efforts of government, industry and academic organizations to develop effective and timely economic policy. This article reviews the methodology and the conceptual model it utilizes. It then reviews their implementation within the Arizona-Sonora (Mexico) region and how it attempts to gain greater advantage of the North American Free Trade Agreement for regional manufacturing firms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-14
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Arizona
  • collaborative research
  • industrial clusters
  • manufacturing
  • Methodology
  • Mexico
  • regional economic development
  • systems engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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