Innovation within the Maritime Cluster of QUÉBEC – Evaluation of a Regional Study in Québec
The present analysis is based on the hypothesis that the potential of regional development of an industry or a branch depends on the potential to innovate. There are two research questions: Is the cluster concept applicable for the maritime branch of the maritime region of Québec? Second, whether the branch can become an economic pillar for the maritime region? The study uses data from a regional survey focusing mainly on the internal characteristics of the firms. The results show that most of the enterprises of the sample are small and medium sized firms which innovate less. The data suggest that the characteristics of the maritime branch of the maritime region of Québec do not support the adaption of the concept of Cluster as a strategy of regional development.