How regional innovation clusters form

A group of researchers at Purdue are focusing their energies on autonomous transportation. Another is looking at Indiana’s role in Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. In particular, they want to leverage a new set of technologies around roll-to-roll manufacturing of low cost sensors. And then there are groups of researchers who have recently won a hot competition in Discovery Park: the Big Ideas Challenge. (More from Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, the Chief Scientist at Discovery Park here.)

All of this research activity leads to some interesting questions about how to form regional innovation clusters with these technologies. To explain this process — and the role that agile strategy (what we call “Strategic Doing”) plays in the development of these clusters, I have used the enclosed infographic.

The process is a bit more detailed than this graphic allows, but the point is clear. After years of learning that clusters (innovation networks) are important to regional economies, we have finally figured out the “How”: How to design and guide the development of these clusters. You can download a PDF of this graphic here.