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University in industrial districts in a changing competitive context. Analysis of the valencian textile industrial district


  • Capó-Vicedo , Josep

    () (Universitat Politècnica de València)

  • Expósito-Langa, Manuel

    () (Universitat Politècnica de València)

  • Molina-Morales, F. Xavier

    () (Universitat Jaume I)


The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the debate on the role played by universities in industrial districts, faced with a situation of change in the competitive environment. We conduct a longitudinal study of a district with serious problems of competitiveness, using techniques of Social Network Analysis. The results show how the district has changed the distribution of its relational capital. In particular we detectan increasingly importance of relationships between companies and the University, evidenced by an increase in the density of relations between them, as well as a more central role played by university.

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  • Capó-Vicedo , Josep & Expósito-Langa, Manuel & Molina-Morales, F. Xavier, 2011. "University in industrial districts in a changing competitive context. Analysis of the valencian textile industrial district," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 19, pages 137-145.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0056

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    industrial district; university-enterprise relationships; social networks; textile industry;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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