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Quality Enhanced Cluster Management

(2008) - A New Indicator Based Peer Review Approach for the Mutual Development of Cluster Organisational Excellenc
Gerd Meier zu Köcker/ Peter Hahn/ Birgit Buchholz

The management of clusters is of key importance for successfully achieving the corresponding goals of innovation policy and for the sustainability of the clusters concerned. QUALITY ENHANCED CLUSTER MANAGEMENT (QECM) represents a practical approach to implementing a quality-oriented cluster management. Based on a mutual peer review and concrete indices, interested cluster managers can initiate active steps towards a quality-oriented cluster management and thereby improve the overall cluster performance. The concept presented here is addressed to managers and coordinators of regional networks and clusters. QECM has already met with a wide response and has been taken into consideration, for example, in the current cluster communication of the European Commission.

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