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Policy-driven collaborative research networks in Europe


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  • Aimilia Protogerou
  • Yannis Caloghirou
  • Evangelos Siokas


This paper examines the nature and structure of particular types of networks, i.e. policy-driven collaborative research networks. More specifically, it analyses the emerging networks formed under the fourth, fifth, and sixth EU Framework Programmes in the area of Information Society Technologies. This considerable time-span of roughly 12 years allows for comprehensive monitoring of these networks' evolution. Four sets of results with significant policy implications arise: (a) the networks analysed display characteristics of complex networks such as small-world property and scale-free distributions, (b) the networks examined are structured around a core of organizations, mainly universities and research institutes which have assumed a very influential role over time, (c) the introduction of new instruments in FP6 has considerably increased interconnectivity compared with the previous FPs, thus contributing to the implementation of the European Research Area initiative. In addition, another set of targeted instruments for upgrading the strategic position - within the networks - of promising peripheral actors should be designed.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economics of Innovation and New Technology.

Volume (Year): 19 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 349-372

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Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:19:y:2010:i:4:p:349-372

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Keywords: European Framework Programmes; research joint ventures; R&D networks; information society technologies; social network analysis;


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  1. Faber & Jaco van Dijk & Frank van Rijnsoever, 2012. "Lagging SME participation in European research programs: An empirical assessment of its determinants for the Netherlands," Innovation Studies Utrecht (ISU) working paper series 12-03, Utrecht University, Department of Innovation Studies, revised Sep 2012.
  2. Muhamed Kudic & Katja Guhr, 2013. "Cooperation Events, Ego-Network Characteristics and Firm Innovativeness – Empirical Evidence from the German Laser Industry," IWH Discussion Papers 6, Halle Institute for Economic Research.


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