MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS – Business clustering can provide competitive advantages and build business resilience among the entities, according to an investigation conducted by forestry scientists at Mississippi State University along with colleagues at the University of Missouri’s forestry department and Minnesota-based Dovetail Partners Inc.

A cluster is a group of businesses and institutions in close proximity whose products or services are interconnected through value and supply chains, technologies and complementary products, among other factors.

“Close collaboration between members of a business cluster allows for better understanding of processes, cost structures and opportunities for efficiency improvements,” said Robert Grala, an MSU assistant forestry professor. “This type of collaboration can provide the resiliency needed to address adverse market conditions and allow for the adoption of new technologies.”

The entire report may be viewed at here. To register an existing cluster or find the nearest one, visit msstate.edu/cluster.

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