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    Centre of Sociological Research


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    University of Szczecin (Poland)

    Széchenyi István University, (Hungary)

    Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)

    Alexander Dubcek University of Trencín (Slovak Republic)

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    American Sociological Association

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Aproaches towards cluster analysis

Vol. 8, No 1, 2015


Manuela Tvaronavičienė,

Vilnius Gediminas Technical Unitersity

Vilnius, Lithuania

e-mail: manuela.tvaronaviciene@


Kristina Razminienė,

Vilnius Gediminas Technical Unitersity

Vilnius, Lithuania

e-mail: kristina.razminiene@stud.


Leonardo Piccinetti,


Rete Europea dell’Innovazione

S.r. L    Brussels, Belgium

Europe for Business,

London, UK

e-mail: ę


ABSTRACT. The purpose of this study is to review cluster research and the methodology used to achieve the target. Specifically, this research explores the methods that are used in research papers aiming at cluster study. Bibliometrical analysis is used depending on an original database, created by the authors, selected after close review. 33 research papers were taken into consideration, published from 1999 to 2014 in international scientific journals. The findings indicate that case study is used in many articles refering to cluster research. Other methods, such as analysis, interview, survey, research, equation and others are used to support case study. By analyzing the specific methods used in cluster research it is aimed at giving clarity to further research on the concept of cluster. It is well known that rather few research papers were analysed from the methodological point of view. However, this research requires a further analysis with a wider scope of scientific literature and works related to clusters.


Received: November, 2014

1st Revision: February, 2015

Accepted: March, 2015


DOI:10.14254/2071- 789X.2015/8-1/2

JEL Classification: L82, M20, P12, P26

Keywords: cluster, methods, case study