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Agglomeration and Firm Performance

  • Fiorenza Belussi
  • Jose-Luis Hervas-Oliver


  • One of few existing volumes that highlights agglomeration and the gains of co-located firms

  • Explores the emerging topic of asymmetric gains within agglomeration

  • Analyses the effects of agglomeration on firm performance during the Great Recession


Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jose-Luis Hervas-Oliver, Fiorenza Belussi
    Pages 1-7
  3. Agglomerations and Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Dirk Fornahl, Nils Grashof, Cathrin Söllner
      Pages 11-24
    3. Rafael Boix, Vittorio Galletto, Fabio Sforzi
      Pages 25-46
    4. Mariachiara Barzotto, Ilaria Mariotti
      Pages 63-79
  4. Agglomerations and Firms’ Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Jose-Luis Hervas-Oliver, Liney Manjarres-Henríquez, Carles Boronat-Moll
      Pages 83-93
    3. Angel Peiró-Signes, Marival Segarra-Oña, Rohit Verma, Luis Miret-Pastor
      Pages 95-122
    4. Annalisa Caloffi, Luciana Lazzeretti, Silvia Rita Sedita
      Pages 123-137
    5. Jose Antonio Belso-Martinez, Maria Jose Lopez-Sanchez, Rosario Mateu-Garcia
      Pages 189-204
  5. Agglomerations, Turnarounds and Recessions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Marco Bellandi, Lisa De Propris, Erica Santini
      Pages 207-221
    3. Giulio Cainelli, Andrea Fracasso, Giuseppe Vittucci Marzetti
      Pages 223-243
    4. Isabel González-Bravo, Santiago M. López, Jesús M. Valdaliso
      Pages 245-262
    5. Giorgio Brunello, Monica Langella
      Pages 263-281
    6. Fiorenza Belussi, Michaela Trippl
      Pages 283-308

About this book


This contributed volume studies and explains the effect that agglomeration exerts on a firm’s innovation and performance. It presents new cases as well as new topics within the agglomeration phenomenon, exploring also their role under the Great Recession. Beyond the analysis of regions or clusters, this volume focuses on firms within agglomerations and captures this phenomenon from different perspectives, contexts and diverse literatures. Specifically, it looks at the question under what circumstances exert generate benefits on firms’ performance, and how those gains are generated and distributed, usually asymmetrically, across agglomerated firms. In this context, the book addresses topics such as networks, collocation, labor mobility, firm’s strategies, innovation, competitiveness and collective actions across a diverse set of literatures, including economic geography, business economics, management, social networks, industrial districts, international business, sociology or industry dynamics.  


Firm Innovation and Performance Asymmetric Gains Collective Efficiencies Economic Clusters Regional Innovation Systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Fiorenza Belussi
    • 1
  • Jose-Luis Hervas-Oliver
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipto. Scienze Economiche, Marco FannoUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.ESIC Business and Marketing SchoolMadridSpain

About the editors

Fiorenza Belussi obtained her PhD in 1993, from Spru, Science Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex, United Kingdom). Since 2010 Fiorenza Belussi is Full Professor. She has participated in several international projects financed by the EU (DGXII- ADAPT, TSER), UNIDO, CNR, the Italian Ministry of Scientific Research, 7° program 2007-8, Interreg IIIC, 7° program 2009-10: ICaTSEM- Institutional change and trajectories of socio-economic development modes, Smart-spec (2013-2016). Her areas of interest include: a) management of innovation and creativity, creative industries, theoretical models on innovation diffusion through gatekeepers; studies of open innovation, local systems of innovation; b) International business and the impact of globalisation on local economies. Dr. Belussi has published more than 190 articles and book chapters. Among others, she has published in: International Journal of Technology Management, Futures, European Planning Studies, Research Policy, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Urban Studies, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Industry & Innovation, Regional Studies, and numerous other Italian Journals.

Jose Luis Hervas-Oliver is Full Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Universitat Politènica de València. His research interest lies at the intersection between strategy/innovation and economic geography. His research has been published in management and economic geography journals such as  Research Policy, Technovation, Journal of Economic Geography, Papers in Regional Science, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, European Planning Studies, Journal of Business Research, Small Business Economics,   Journal of Technology Transfer, Research-Technology Management, among many others, along with chapters in books published by Springer, Edward Elgar or Routledge, among others.  Dr. Hervas-Oliver is at the present time director of the ECO2015:63645-R Open Innovation in Clusters, founded by the Spanish Ministry of Economics. 

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