Volume 87 Issue 3 | Web Exclusive
Issue Date: January 19, 2009

Tight Focus Helped German Clusters Compete

Department: Business

When it established a competition for high-level technology clusters, the German Ministry of Education & Research did not specify categories or establish preconceived boundaries as to the kinds of technologies that were eligible.

The ministry created a new department—Department 112, New Instruments for Promoting Innovation—to conduct the competition. In August 2007, it published a call for entries in the first of a total of three rounds . . .

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