16 December 2014 | Launch of the Australian Cluster Observatory – Agglomeration, clusters and observatories

Please join us in the Barossa Valley where the Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Susan Close MP, will officially launch the Australian Cluster Observatory. Dr Lindvqist will give a presentation titled ‘Agglomeration, clusters and observatories’ at the launch, which will be followed by refreshments and networking.

Industry clusters are groups of similar and related firms in a defined geographic area that share common markets, technologies and worker skill needs. The Barossa Valley is a leading example of an industry cluster and recent research shows that the South Australian wine industry leverages the cooperative advantages gained from clusters better than most.

The Australian Cluster Observatory is a web-based portal modelled on European and USA initiatives that aims to provide business executives, regional and industry development agencies a way to examine the level of industry concentration that occurs within regions. This ‘mapping’ of industry activity helps to identify innovative business clusters and locate areas of related business strengths.

When             Tuesday 16 December 2014, 4:45-7pm
Where            The Farm – Barossa Function Centre, 50 Pheasant Farm Road Nuriootpa SA 5355.
RSVP By         Friday 12 December 2014. Click here to register your attendance

About Dr Göran Lindqvist
Dr Göran Lindqvist is Director of Research at the Stockholm School of Economics, and has been a visiting researcher at Harvard, studying co-location patterns of industry. Dr Lindqvist’s extensive research focuses on clusters, cluster metrics and cluster organisations, leading to co-authorship of the Cluster Initiative Greenbook.

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