This paper focuses on territorial innovative networks, where a variety of actors (firms, institutions and research centers) are involved in research activities, and aims to set up a strategy for the analysis of such networks. The strategy is twofold and relies, on the one hand, on the secondary data available from administrative databases and, on the other, on survey data related to the organizations involved in innovative networks. In order to describe the peculiar structures of innovative networks, the proposed strategy adopts the techniques suggested in the framework of Social Network Analysis. In particular, the main goal of the analysis is to highlight the network characteristics (interactions between industry, university and local government) that can influence network efficiency in terms of knowledge exchange and diffusion of innovation. Our strategy will be discussed in the framework of an Italian technological district, i.e. a type of innovative network.
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