Importance The article reviews sustainable development factors of clusters situated in priority socio-economic development areas (PDA) of single-industry cities and their metrics. Objectives We rank sustainable development factors of clusters situated in PDA of single-industry cities, evaluate how characteristics of single-industry cities and PDA influence the sustainable development factors there. We also form a set of metrics to evaluate sustainable development factors of clusters in PDA of single-industry cities. Methods We analyze criteria to select trial clusters in the Russian Federation, successful foreign and national development of clusters, foreign cluster management, researches into public administration of industrial clusters, processes of building business clusters and high-tech clusters. The research employs expert assessments, methods of statistical and logic analysis. Results Reviewing conditions for PDA of the single-industry city as a system of environment, cluster situation in PDA of the single-industry city as a system of object, exchange of knowledge among cluster residents as a system of process, we identify a set of factors that allow clusters in PDA of the single-industry city to develop sustainably. We make a list of indicators and metrics to evaluate the factors and evaluate the quality of infrastructure. Sustainable development factors of such clusters were ranked, thus unraveling the significance of characteristics of the single-industry city and PDA. Conclusions and Relevance We conclude that it is possible to combine the cluster approach and mechanism used in PDA of single-industry cities. This synergy will result in sustainable development.
Keywords: cluster, sustainable development factor, priority development area, socio-economic development, single-industry city
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