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Twenty-five years of science-industry collaboration: the emergence and evolution of policy-driven research networks across Europe

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  • Aimilia Protogerou

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  • Yannis Caloghirou
  • Evangelos Siokas

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This paper aims at examining the collaborative networks established during the seven Framework Programmes on Research and Technological Development (1984–2009). These networks are the result of self-organized partnering by different participating entities (industry, universities, research centers and technology users) in subsidized research joint ventures selected on a competitive basis under the thematic priorities and funding rules imposed by the European Union. Social network analysis tools are employed in order to describe and assess the architecture, and the dynamics of the networks that were developed in the context of each Framework Programme. Analysis of organizations’ positioning in the network space will show whether there are some pivotal actors with significant policy implications for knowledge and technology transfer. Last but not least, understanding how these network are formed and how they have evolved over time may provide useful policy implications for the design and structure of the current and future EU Programmes aimed at shaping and creating a unified European Research Area. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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  • Aimilia Protogerou & Yannis Caloghirou & Evangelos Siokas, 2013. "Twenty-five years of science-industry collaboration: the emergence and evolution of policy-driven research networks across Europe," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 38(6), pages 873-895, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jtecht:v:38:y:2013:i:6:p:873-895
    DOI: 10.1007/s10961-012-9278-3
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    1. James A. Cunningham & Albert N. Link, 2016. "Exploring the effectiveness of research and innovation policies among European Union countries," International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 415-425, June.
    2. Andrea Filippetti & Maria Savona, 2017. "University–industry linkages and academic engagements: individual behaviours and firms’ barriers. Introduction to the special section," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 42(4), pages 719-729, August.
    3. Rosa Caiazza & Aileen Richardson & David Audretsch, 2015. "Knowledge effects on competitiveness: from firms to regional advantage," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 40(6), pages 899-909, December.
    4. repec:eee:respol:v:47:y:2018:i:7:p:1295-1308 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    European Union Framework Programmes; Research joint ventures; Collaborative research networks; Social network analysis; O33; O38; L14;

    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation

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