The last twenty years have witnessed the diffusion of regional innovation policies supporting networks of innovators. The underlying aim of these policies is to encourage firms, particularly SMEs, to undertake collaborations with organisations possessing complementary knowledge. Focusing on a set of SMEs that have participated, over time, in several innovation networks funded by the same regional government, the paper investigates how their relationships have evolved with respect to the following aspects: (i) reiteration of pre-existing relationships as opposed to experimentation of new relationships; (ii) collaboration with organisations possessing complementary rather than similar knowledge and competencies; (iii) creation of local relationships rather than experimentation of extra-local collaborations; (iv) reliance upon intermediaries to connect with other organisations. Our findings reveal that the involvement in these policy-supported networks changed the firms’ relational patterns, leading them to collaborate with a wider variety of agents than those with whom they were linked before the policies. Sectoral heterogeneity had a negative effect on the probability to collaborate, while, not surprisingly, co-localisation increased the likelihood to collaborate. Mutual involvement with intermediaries also had a positive effect. However, in the case of firm-to-university relationships only specialized intermediaries such as innovation centres were likely to perform a positive role and, therefore, encourage networking.
What Makes SMEs more Likely to Collaborate? Analysing the Role of Regional Innovation Policy / Caloffi, Annalisa; Rossi, Federica; Russo, Margherita. - In: EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES. - ISSN 0965-4313. - ELETTRONICO. - 23:7(2015), pp. 1245-1264.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Titolo:||What Makes SMEs more Likely to Collaborate? Analysing the Role of Regional Innovation Policy|
|Autore/i:||Caloffi, Annalisa; Rossi, Federica; Russo, Margherita|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2014.919250|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000355111600001|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84930040796|
|Citazione:||What Makes SMEs more Likely to Collaborate? Analysing the Role of Regional Innovation Policy / Caloffi, Annalisa; Rossi, Federica; Russo, Margherita. - In: EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES. - ISSN 0965-4313. - ELETTRONICO. - 23:7(2015), pp. 1245-1264.|
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