Learning from the French? French competitiveness poles and Russia’s new clusters

Today I read an interesting report about a seminar that took place on December 8-11, 2014 in HSE, Moscow. It was organised by the centre for the development of a nuclear innovation cluster in the town of Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk region (Центр развития ядерного инновационного кластера города Димитровграда Ульяновской области). The keynote presenter was Jean-Francois Boisson, a French businessman and the main founder of an aeronautics and space cluster called ‘Pegase’ in southern France.

The key points covered in the report are:

  • state policies and support clusters in France
  • towards financial independence for France’s competitiveness poles
  • Governance and strategy
  • Building up a critical mass
  • Attracting new companies as residents of the competitiveness poles, both large firms and small and medium enterprises

The report also has a useful map of all the competitiveness poles across France as of October 2014.

The original article can be read here: http://issek.hse.ru/news/141026538.html (published January 14, 2015)

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