What is it about?

This conceptual paper aims to develop the vision of a novel policy tool called the Digital Industrial Cluster (DIC) thought for a future context shaped by digital economies and Industry 4.0. The DIC departs from the industrial cluster´s precepts and take them into the digital agglomeration phenomenon.

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Why is it important?

This paper develops theoretical principles for a new policy tool that connects industrial clusters, digital agglomeration, and Industry 4.0 for the first time.


This article visualizes a novel kind of network based in industrial clusters and Industry 4.0. Such kind of networks based on digital agglomeration could exist right know and this research expects to help to its understanding and assessement.

Rudy Fernandez Escobedo
Universidad del Pais Vasco

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This page is a summary of: Economic agglomeration in the age of Industry 4.0: developing a digital industrial cluster as a new policy tool for the digital world, Competitiveness Review An International Business Journal incorporating Journal of Global Competitiveness, April 2023, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/cr-07-2022-0095.
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