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The contribution of regional networks to innovation and challenges for regional policy

Xavier Gellynck UGent and Bert Vermeire UGent (2009) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH. 33(3). p.719-737
abstract
In this article regional networking is defined as the set of interactions between companies and a diversity of regional partners by which the company acquires vital external resources. Previous research illustrates the positive effect of regional networking on innovation in the agribusiness sector. Furthermore, the embedded nature of networks and external resources opens opportunities for regional policymakers to enhance innovation and hence regional economic performance. Building further upon this vast literature and by interviewing food companies in a Belgian subregion, this article explores two research questions: first, the contribution of regional networking to different innovation types; second, whether, as regional policymakers aim at reinforcing these regional networks, differences in attitude towards public network support exist between the innovation classes. The discussion relates our findings to contemporary insights into the learning economy. We advocate a more targeted approach towards particular subgroups with respect to their behaviour in networking and their innovation capacity. In particular, the group of 'followers' is identified as a target group requiring appropriate support.
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keyword
PERFORMANCE, DIVERSIFICATION, COMPETITIVENESS, PRODUCT, DETERMINANTS, SYSTEMS, KNOWLEDGE, FIRMS, STRATEGIES, PROXIMITY
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH
Int. J. Urban Reg. Res.
volume
33
issue
3
pages
719 - 737
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000270588100008
JCR category
URBAN STUDIES
JCR impact factor
1.43 (2009)
JCR rank
5/34 (2009)
JCR quartile
1 (2009)
ISSN
0309-1317
DOI
10.1111/j.1468-2427.2009.00887.x
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
667117
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-667117
date created
2009-05-26 15:56:56
date last changed
2015-06-17 11:12:48
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  abstract     = {In this article regional networking is defined as the set of interactions between companies and a diversity of regional partners by which the company acquires vital external resources. Previous research illustrates the positive effect of regional networking on innovation in the agribusiness sector. Furthermore, the embedded nature of networks and external resources opens opportunities for regional policymakers to enhance innovation and hence regional economic performance. Building further upon this vast literature and by interviewing food companies in a Belgian subregion, this article explores two research questions: first, the contribution of regional networking to different innovation types; second, whether, as regional policymakers aim at reinforcing these regional networks, differences in attitude towards public network support exist between the innovation classes. The discussion relates our findings to contemporary insights into the learning economy. We advocate a more targeted approach towards particular subgroups with respect to their behaviour in networking and their innovation capacity. In particular, the group of 'followers' is identified as a target group requiring appropriate support.},
  author       = {Gellynck, Xavier and Vermeire, Bert},
  issn         = {0309-1317},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {PERFORMANCE,DIVERSIFICATION,COMPETITIVENESS,PRODUCT,DETERMINANTS,SYSTEMS,KNOWLEDGE,FIRMS,STRATEGIES,PROXIMITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {719--737},
  title        = {The contribution of regional networks to innovation and challenges for regional policy},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2009.00887.x},
  volume       = {33},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Gellynck, Xavier, and Bert Vermeire. 2009. “The Contribution of Regional Networks to Innovation and Challenges for Regional Policy.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 33 (3): 719–737.
APA
Gellynck, X., & Vermeire, B. (2009). The contribution of regional networks to innovation and challenges for regional policy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH, 33(3), 719–737.
Vancouver
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Gellynck X, Vermeire B. The contribution of regional networks to innovation and challenges for regional policy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH. 2009;33(3):719–37.
MLA
Gellynck, Xavier, and Bert Vermeire. “The Contribution of Regional Networks to Innovation and Challenges for Regional Policy.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH 33.3 (2009): 719–737. Print.