Pontus Braunerhjelm on Trump, clusters and immigration in The New Yorker
In an interview with the New Yorker Pontus Braunerhjelm claims that president Trump’s isolationistic policy agenda constitutes a threat to successful clusters in the U.S. An inflow of ideas and individuals are critically important conditionsto promote continued cluster growth and innovativeness. As is an internationally competitive knowledge base, i.e. the research and education systems. Hence, while it is hard for governments to ignite and build clusters, they can easily kill them. As Michael Porter, Harvard Business School, notes in the same article, it takes time for clusters to reach a critical mass and sustainable development path.
These thoughts are further elaborated in Cluster Genesis - Technology-Based Industrial Development, Oxford University Press, that Pontus Braunerhjelm has co-edited with Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina.
Read the article in the New Yorker ( www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/24/the-economic-lessons-of-the-stink-highway ).