A Stakeholder Approach to Branding Clusters: Pointers to a Research Agenda

Edward Kasabov, Usha Sundaram

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This paper addresses gaps in the research of clusters and place brands by proposing the analysis of clusters as place brands and arguing for the adoption of stakeholder management approaches for such a purpose. Analysis should also recognize the role of diverse stakeholders with potentially incompatible interests in cluster branding initiatives and the associated, processual issues of power application, discord and disagreement in clusters. By addressing these issues, two areas of academic enquiry, clusters and place branding, that share common object and aims of enquiry but which rarely recognize one another can be integrated. The call for a combined look at the two areas is driven by a belief in their complementarities and common inadequacies, and it provides an integrative platform, a dialogical platform as a theoretically enriched basis upon which to open up future research avenues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-543
Number of pages14
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number4
Early online date13 Dec 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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