Cluster Dynamics in the Internationalisation of Cleantech SMEs: A Case Study of CLEAN

Emilie Kamuk Christiansen & Sandra Hjorth Wolner

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

This master thesis investigates how cleantech clusters influence the internationalisation of Danish cleantech SMEs. It employs a holistic approach including relevant macro, meso and micro factors in order to investigate interlevel dynamics on the basis of a case study of CLEAN Cluster and three member SMEs. Influential dynamics have been identified from the macro level in that cleantech SMEs are heavily influenced by the institutional environment as well as the industry in which they operate. The thesis finds that clusters can have a mediating role between macro and micro level actors and that clusters can influence the industrial identity of regions as well as the potential for SMEs to access resources through networks. Moreover, cleantech clusters can positively influence the potential for SME internationalisation through extension of networks, identification of international opportunities, learning and facilitation of knowledge sharing between industry, academia and public organisations. The identified effects of these cluster dynamics are indirect and aimed at the initial stages of the internationalisation processes. Hence, the value of these cluster dynamics for the cleantech SMEs is highly dependent upon the individual firm’s ability to utilise them for internationalisation

EducationsMSc in Management of Innovation and Business Development, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages108
SupervisorsStine Jessen Haakonsson