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Networked by design: Can policy constraints support the development of capabilities for collaborative innovation?

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  • Federica Rossi

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    (Department of Management, Birkbeck College University of London)

  • Annalisa Caloffi

    (Department of Economics and Business, University of Padova)

  • Margherita Russo

    (Department of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

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    While there has been some recent interest in the behavioural effects of policies in support of innovation networks, this research field is still relatively new. In particular, an important but under-researched question for policy design is “what kind of networks” should be supported, if the objective of the policy is not just to fund successful innovation projects, but also to stimulate behavioural changes in the participants, such as increasing their ability to engage in collaborative innovation. By studying the case of the innovation policy programmes implemented by the regional government of Tuscany, in Italy, between 2002 and 2008, we assess whether the imposition of constraints on the design of innovation networks has enhanced the participants’ collaborative innovation capabilities, and we draw some general implications for policy.

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    Paper provided by Birkbeck Department of Management in its series Management Working Papers with number 5.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2013
    Date of revision: Jul 2013
    Publication status: Published on Birkbeck Deparment of Management web site, July 2013, pages 1-28
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    1. Kamien,Morton I. & Schwartz,Nancy L., 1982. "Market Structure and Innovation," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521293853.
    2. Bogliacino, Francesco & Pianta, Mario, 2010. "Innovation and Employment: a Reinvestigation using Revised Pavitt classes," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(6), pages 799-809, July.
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