In the previous post, I talked about innovation clusters and their perceived importance in spurring innovation and economic growth. I also referred to the Cluster Mapping Project being done by Harvard Business School on behalf of the US government to aid in cluster identification to enable future economic policy and support.
Here's a depiction of an global cluster innovation map from Juan Alacer, Harvard Business School and New York University, McKinsey analysis. In this analysis, 4 types of clusters were identified:
- 'Hot-springs' are small, fast-growing hubs on track to become world players
- 'Dynamic-oceans' consist of large and vibrant ecosystems with continuous creation and destruction of new businesses
- 'Silent-lakes' are older, slower-growing hubs with a narrow range of large established companies
- 'Shrinking-pools' have been unable, so far, to expand beyond their start-up coreand so find themselves slowly migrating down the value chain
In the map provided, clusters are identified by virtually every major city in the US and around the globe. I think it is intriguing to find your city and areas you do business in.
Hot Spring cities in the US include: Fort Collins, CO, Eugene, OR, Vancouver, WA, Nampa, ID and Des Moines, IA
Dynamic Oceans in the US include: Silicon Valley, CA, San Francisco, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis, MN, Portland, OR and Boise, ID
By contrast, I find I was born in a Shrinking Pool and live in a Shrinking Pool - maybe destined to be Big Fish in Shrinking Pool. Otherwise, all the cities I've lived in professionally or attended school in are Silent Lakes. By the way, I also noted that John Lechleiter, one subject of my last post, also lives in a Shrinking Pool.
With apologies to John Mellencamp:
Posted by Bruce Lehr September 25th 2010.