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Identifying key network characteristics for agricultural innovation : a multisectoral case study approach

(2018) OUTLOOK ON AGRICULTURE. 47(1). p.19-26
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This article identified network characteristics critical for successful agricutural innovations within networks, or a set of interrelated organizations aiming at knowledge exchange for innovations. To explore key success factors, the research questioned how networks cope with innovation characteristics and combined network characteristics with four innovation characteristics in four agricultural sub-sectors. Data were collected from in-depth interviews with farmers and network coordinators and from focus group discussions with farmers active in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. Factors particularly helpful for success in agricultural innovation networks include numerous contacts, integration of knowledge providers in the network structure, face-to-face communication, a self-initiated coalition and surpassing innovation beyond the mere agricultural level, through collaboration with people from outside the sector. The findings are useful for academics, network coordinators and network members, possibly leading to a higher innovation performance via networking.
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Flanders, success factors, collaboration, knowledge exchange, KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS, FIRMS, COOPERATION, PERFORMANCE

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Lambrecht, Evelien, Maarten Crivits, Ludwig Lauwers, and Xavier Gellynck. 2018. “Identifying Key Network Characteristics for Agricultural Innovation : a Multisectoral Case Study Approach.” Outlook on Agriculture 47 (1): 19–26.
APA
Lambrecht, Evelien, Crivits, M., Lauwers, L., & Gellynck, X. (2018). Identifying key network characteristics for agricultural innovation : a multisectoral case study approach. OUTLOOK ON AGRICULTURE, 47(1), 19–26.
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Lambrecht E, Crivits M, Lauwers L, Gellynck X. Identifying key network characteristics for agricultural innovation : a multisectoral case study approach. OUTLOOK ON AGRICULTURE. 2018;47(1):19–26.
MLA
Lambrecht, Evelien, Maarten Crivits, Ludwig Lauwers, et al. “Identifying Key Network Characteristics for Agricultural Innovation : a Multisectoral Case Study Approach.” OUTLOOK ON AGRICULTURE 47.1 (2018): 19–26. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article identified network characteristics critical for successful agricutural innovations within networks, or a set of interrelated organizations aiming at knowledge exchange for innovations. To explore key success factors, the research questioned how networks cope with innovation characteristics and combined network characteristics with four innovation characteristics in four agricultural sub-sectors. Data were collected from in-depth interviews with farmers and network coordinators and from focus group discussions with farmers active in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. Factors particularly helpful for success in agricultural innovation networks include numerous contacts, integration of knowledge providers in the network structure, face-to-face communication, a self-initiated coalition and surpassing innovation beyond the mere agricultural level, through collaboration with people from outside the sector. The findings are useful for academics, network coordinators and network members, possibly leading to a higher innovation performance via networking.},
  author       = {Lambrecht, Evelien and Crivits, Maarten and Lauwers, Ludwig and Gellynck, Xavier},
  issn         = {0030-7270},
  journal      = {OUTLOOK ON AGRICULTURE},
  keyword      = {Flanders,success factors,collaboration,knowledge exchange,KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS,FIRMS,COOPERATION,PERFORMANCE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {19--26},
  title        = {Identifying key network characteristics for agricultural innovation : a multisectoral case study approach},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0030727018760604},
  volume       = {47},
  year         = {2018},
}

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