It is not an empty buzzword - Industry 4.0 has already got a profound impact on the everyday operation of most sectors, from the largest market leaders down to the tiniest SMEs. Automatisation, networked smart tools, and a significant shift towards an innovation-driven economy poses great challenges, many of which is impossible to overcome for any single enterprise.
The role that networks and especially clusters play in this environment is therefore also fundamentally transforming. No longer „just” a platform of possible cooperation and competitive advantage, they now need to grow into a hub of competence and innovation coordination interlinked with other networks around Europe, a „Cluster 4.0”. This results in renewed collaborative dynamics, however requires new and distinctly different attitudes and skills from both cluster members and most importantly, cluster managers.