Great interview with Merete Nielsen, President of #TCINetwork, a unique chance to talk about cluster management and networks.

TCI Network brings together 9,000 cluster practitioners, including not only cluster managers, but also universities for example. The network is about sharing practices and getting inspired by other practioners of this broad community.

The role of the cluster manager “is to build a network based on trust between the involved stakeholders. It is him or her who facilitates contacts and goes forward with a leadership impulse.”

An advice for cluster managers building up or trying to develop a “young cluster”?

“The main point is to establish good connections with the companies of the cluster. Often, entrepreneurs have to be convinced to work together and to get inspired for tomorrow. Sustainable funding based on different sources of revenue, as well as a reliable business model are key for the functioning of the cluster association. Finally, the association should develop its independence and an own identity.

How can a professional cluster management be ensured?

“The cluster management master is impressive. But the already working cluster managers shouldn’t be neglected, possibilities for training on the job should be developed.”

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