This study uses social network analysis to investigate the topology and evolution of collaboration networks in a policy anchored, high-tech district in Italy. The district involves lead firms from strategic industries such as defence, military, transports, energy, and aerospace along with public and private institutions. The governance of the district is based upon an active and formal management of project partnerships. The authors use pre-specified block-modelling to identify the structural configuration of collaboration at each time point from 2005 to 2013, tracing the evolutionary path of collaboration within the district. Empirical results show that collaboration initially took a core–periphery configuration characterized by a single, small bridging core of research organizations. After the year 2009, this core- periphery configuration cannot explain the data anymore, signalling a structural change occurred at the level of the network as a whole. An assessment of the district management strategy is provided.
|Titolo:||From core-periphery to small-words: managing innovation networks in strategic, high-tech districts|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.2 Abstract|