Date of Award
Urban and Regional Planning
School of Urban and Regional Studies
With this thesis I will attempt to demonstrate the value of using chaos theory as a framework for understanding the emergence and development of clusters as a strategy for economic development. The application of the principles of chaos theory will be used to judge the relative success of specific clusters through a case study approach and historical analysis to determine the change agents and other significant factors influential to the growth of economic clusters. Because clusters are turbulent, non-linear systems that are sensitive to endogenous and exogenous triggers, chaos theory may provide the conceptual foundation appropriate to the study of economic clusters. A more thorough understanding of the emergence and development of economic clusters may illuminate policies and practices for regional planners, economic development professionals and policy makers.
Brosnan, Lisa, "Planning For Chaos: Cluster Strategies Of Economic Development" (2007). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 542.