Cluster is one of the most prevalent topics in the modern competitiveness discussion. The cluster approach has been employed worldwide to enhance competitiveness at various levels: industry and sub-national as well as national and regional. Challenges and opportunities in forming, organizing, monitoring, and promoting all kinds of clusters are addressed, especially in the context of the Netherlands and Europe.

In the Netherlands, the notion of cluster is warmly embraced by the the government. It has been reflected in the development strategy, especially in order to strengthen and enhance the degree of competitiveness for the Dutch economy. The policy to promote nine strategic sectors in the Netherlands is one great example to investigate the formation and expansion of the clusters.
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