V-LINC is an expert research group which informs and develops policy recommendations through mapping, visualising and analysing the strength of key relationships within Cluster Ecosystems.
V-LINC was developed in the School of Business & Humanities of Cork Institute of Technology by Dr John Hobbs, Eoin Byrne and their research team.
Across the globe regions compete to attract investment from MNCs and SMEs looking to develop units in key geographic markets. Decision makers in industry are searching for innovative regions which contain strong clusters which connect industry, academia, and government agencies.
To attract investment and develop strong highly connected clusters, regions seek to develop polices which create economic growth and prosperity within their local ecosystem. Regions endeavour to invest their resources to develop strengths. However, understanding a region’s strengths, its constituent firms’ value chains, and R&D capabilities is not an easy task. Furthermore, no two regions are identical and all seek to use varying policy instruments and organisations as conduits to increase competitiveness; thus, there can be no one policy or strategy which is appropriate and fits the requirements of all regions. To develop targeted strategies to leverage a region’s strengths and promote efficient and effective use of public investment an in-depth understanding of the regions ecosystem is required.
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