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Network experiences lead to the adaption of a firm's network competence

Bianka Kühne UGent, Carl Cochez UGent and Xavier Gellynck UGent (2011) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON FOOD SYSTEM DYNAMICS. 2(2). p.114-125
abstract
Networks become increasingly important as external sources of innovation for firms. Through networks firms get in contact with different actors with whom they can exchange information and collaborate. A firm’s ability to be a successful network actor depends on its network competence. This term can be defined as having the necessary knowledge, skills and qualifications for networking as well as using them effectively. In this paper we investigate the link between a firm’s network competence and the benefits resulting from it in a two-way direction. First, the network competence of the firm facilitates the adoption of information from other network actors which may lead to innovation success. Second the perceived network benefits shall in their turn influence the network competence of the firm. Consequently, firms will adapt their network strategy corresponding their experiences. The objective of this paper is to investigate the dynamics of networking and its influence on the firm’s network competence. For this exploratory research 3 Belgian networks are examined. In-depth interviews are used in combination with semi-structured interview guides to conduct the research. Our results indicate that some firms perceive benefits from their network efforts, for others it is more a burden. Furthermore, in some of our cases we found that positive experiences with clear benefits motivate the firm to enhance its network competence. This is illustrated by the fact that collaborations are more frequently initiated, trust is more easily build, firms are more open to communicate information and the confidentiality threshold is overcome.
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published
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keyword
network competence, network management, innovation
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON FOOD SYSTEM DYNAMICS
Int. J. Food Syst. Dyn.
volume
2
issue
2
pages
114 - 125
ISSN
1869-6945
project
NetGrow
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A2
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
VABB id
c:vabb:321285
VABB type
VABB-1
id
1989175
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1989175
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2012-01-17 10:58:58
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2015-06-17 09:54:15
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  author       = {K{\"u}hne, Bianka and Cochez, Carl and Gellynck, Xavier},
  issn         = {1869-6945},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON FOOD SYSTEM DYNAMICS},
  keyword      = {network competence,network management,innovation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {114--125},
  title        = {Network experiences lead to the adaption of a firm's network competence},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Kühne, Bianka, Carl Cochez, and Xavier Gellynck. 2011. “Network Experiences Lead to the Adaption of a Firm’s Network Competence.” International Journal on Food System Dynamics 2 (2): 114–125.
APA
Kühne, B., Cochez, C., & Gellynck, X. (2011). Network experiences lead to the adaption of a firm’s network competence. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON FOOD SYSTEM DYNAMICS, 2(2), 114–125.
Vancouver
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Kühne B, Cochez C, Gellynck X. Network experiences lead to the adaption of a firm’s network competence. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON FOOD SYSTEM DYNAMICS. 2011;2(2):114–25.
MLA
Kühne, Bianka, Carl Cochez, and Xavier Gellynck. “Network Experiences Lead to the Adaption of a Firm’s Network Competence.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON FOOD SYSTEM DYNAMICS 2.2 (2011): 114–125. Print.