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Growth, Development and Structural Change of Innovator Networks - The Case of Jena

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  • Uwe Cantner

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    (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Department of Economics. Chair of Economics / Mircroeconomics)

  • Holger Graf

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    (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Department of Economics. Chair of Economics / Mircroeconomics)

Abstract

We attempt to extend the static analysis of innovator networks by providing case study based insights into the dynamic, developmental or evolutionary pattern of such networks. In the theoretical part, we develop some building blocs that are considered central to a theory of network evolution. Especially, we focus on the growth of innovator networks and their structural change over time, i.e. how new relationships come into existence and existing ties are cut, how new actors join the system, and other actors leave it. The factors shaping these structural properties, can explain how coherence might increase in some periods while it might decrease in others. We exemplify these patterns for the case of the Jena network of innovators during the period 1995-2001.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2007-090.

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Date of creation: 12 Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2007-090

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Keywords: Innovator network; internal/external relationships; network entry and exit;

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  1. Tina Wolf & Uwe Cantner, 2011. "Innovative Companies' Survival and The Region - Isn't it just being there?," ERSA conference papers ersa10p606, European Regional Science Association.

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