In recent decades economic theory has highlighted the benefits produced by networks of organizations for knowledge creation and information diffusion, especially in high-tech sectors. Innovation networks can be defined as groups of interconnected organizations, including universities, research organizations, business and government agencies that share scientific research and technological developments. In particular, we can consider Italian technological districts as a ”network” of public and private entities involved in R&D sector. The aim of this paper is to propose a strategy to evaluate the impact of network-based policies for innovation. The evaluation of these policies is undertaken in the framework of behavioral additionality to capture the persistence of changes in regional systems after policy interventions. Network analysis will be used to empirically investigate whether the institution of TDs has structurally altered the patterns of research collaborations. Collaboration network established among actors in a technological district located in Southern Italy is analysed starting from publicly funded R&D projects.

A relational approach to evaluate Network Based Policies for innovation: the case of Italian Technological Districts

VITALE, MARIA PROSPERINA;PROTA, LAURA;D'ESPOSITO, Maria Rosaria
2012

Abstract

In recent decades economic theory has highlighted the benefits produced by networks of organizations for knowledge creation and information diffusion, especially in high-tech sectors. Innovation networks can be defined as groups of interconnected organizations, including universities, research organizations, business and government agencies that share scientific research and technological developments. In particular, we can consider Italian technological districts as a ”network” of public and private entities involved in R&D sector. The aim of this paper is to propose a strategy to evaluate the impact of network-based policies for innovation. The evaluation of these policies is undertaken in the framework of behavioral additionality to capture the persistence of changes in regional systems after policy interventions. Network analysis will be used to empirically investigate whether the institution of TDs has structurally altered the patterns of research collaborations. Collaboration network established among actors in a technological district located in Southern Italy is analysed starting from publicly funded R&D projects.
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