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Business and professional networks: scope and outcomes in Oxfordshire


  • Helen Lawton Smith
  • Saverio Romeo
  • Malika Virahsawmy


This paper examines the relationship between formal networks, such as business and occupationally based professional networks, and place in determining network patterns and types in regional economic development. It distinguishes between ‘network-rich’ and ‘network-poor’ regions and considers why and how formal networks operate as a service and a resource to participants and as components of regional business infrastructures. Formal networks in the Oxfordshire to Cambridge Arc in the UK are used to illustrate these points. Keywords: formal networks, place, public policy, regional infrastructures, Oxfordshire

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  • Helen Lawton Smith & Saverio Romeo & Malika Virahsawmy, 2012. "Business and professional networks: scope and outcomes in Oxfordshire," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 44(8), pages 1801-1818, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:44:y:2012:i:8:p:1801-1818

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