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Social Network Analysis Methodologies for the Evaluation of Cluster Development Programs

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  • Giuliani, Elisa

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    (Department of Economics and Management, University of Pisa; CIRCLE, Lund University)

  • Pietrobelli, Carlo

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    (Inter-American Development Bank)

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Cluster development programs (CDPs) have been adopted widely in many countries worldwide. Many such programs aim to promote economic development by forming and strengthening inter-organizational networks. Despite their widespread diffusion, we know very little about CDP outputs or the impact CDPs have on host regions and their populations. Evaluation studies are beginning to appear, but the overall concern is that a distinct evaluation concept and method with a focus on CDPs is not yet available. The objective of this paper is to address this limitation, by proposing a novel methodological approach in the evaluation of CDPs based on the application of concepts and methods of social network analysis (SNA).

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Paper provided by Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy in its series Papers in Innovation Studies with number 2014/11.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 16 Jun 2014
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2014_011

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Keywords: cluster development programs; policy evaluation; social network analysis;

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