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Power in Firm Networks: What it Means for Regional Innovation Systems


  • Susan Christopherson
  • Jennifer Clark


Christopherson S., Clark J. (2007) Power in firm networks: what it means for regional innovation systems, Regional Studies 41, 1223-1236. The role of power within regional firm networks is noted in empirical studies but insufficiently theorized. It is suggested that network functioning is conflictual and that more powerful network members, particularly transnational corporations (TNCs), leverage regional resources to advance their sustainable competitive advantage. The agendas and power exercised by TNCs within regionalized firm networks have significant implications for regional policy and the uneven allocation of resources and capacities within and among regions. The findings indicate that transnational firm access to resources that are critical to innovation, including university research and skilled labour, negatively affects the potential for innovation by small and medium-size firms. Christopherson S. et Clark J. (2007) Le pouvoir au sein des reseaux d'entreprise: son importance pour les systemes d'innovation regionaux, Regional Studies 41, 1223-1236. Le role du pouvoir au sein des reseaux d'entreprise regionaux est note dans les etudes empiriques mais reste insuffisamment etaye dans la theorie. On laisse supposer que le fonctionnement des reseaux est en conflit et que les membres du reseau plus puissants, notamment les societes transnationales, augmentent le ratio d'endettement a partir des ressources regionales afin d'avancer leur avantage competitif durable. Les programmes et le pouvoir exerces par les societes transnationales au sein des reseaux d'entreprise regionalises ont des retombees non-negligeables pour la politique regionale et la distribution irreguliere des ressources et des capacites intraregionales et interregionales. Les resultats laissent indiquer que l'acces des societes transnationales aux ressources qui sont essentielles pour assurer l'innovation, y compris la recherche universitaire et l'emploi qualifie, touche de facon negative le potentiel d'innovation des petites et moyennes entreprises. Regions Innovation Politique Reseaux d'entreprise Developpement economique Marches du travail Christopherson S. und Clark J. (2007) Macht in Firmennetzwerken: Was sie fur regionale Innovationssysteme bedeutet, Regional Studies 41, 1223-1236. Die Rolle der Macht in regionalen Firmennetzwerken wird in empirischen Studien erwahnt, aber nicht ausreichend theorisiert. Wir stellen die These auf, dass Netzwerkfunktionen konfliktgeladen sind und dass machtigere Mitglieder des Netzwerks, insbesondere transnationale Konzerne, regionale Ressourcen zur Steigerung ihres langfristigen Wettbewerbsvorteils nutzen.Die von transnationalen Konzernen innerhalb von regionalisierten Firmennetzwerken ausgeubte Macht und die damit verbundenen Handlungsplane haben signifikante Auswirkungen auf die Regionalpolitik und auf die ungleichmassige Verteilung von Ressourcen und Kapazitaten innerhalb von und zwischen Regionen. Aus unseren Ergebnissen geht hervor, dass ein Zugriff von transnationalen Konzernen auf fur Innovation wichtige Ressourcen, einschliesslich der universitaren Forschung und der Facharbeit, sich negativ auf das Innovationspotenzial von kleinen und mittelstandischen Betrieben auswirkt. Regionen Innovation Politik Firmennetzwerke Wirtschaftsentwicklung Arbeitsmarkte Christopherson S. y Clark J. (2007) El poder en las redes empresariales: Lo que significa para los sistemas de innovacion regional, Regional Studies 41, 1223-1236. La funcion del poder en las redes empresariales a nivel regional se observa en estudios empiricos pero con una teoria insuficiente. Sugerimos que el funcionamiento de estas redes es conflictivo y que los miembros mas poderosos de la red, especialmente corporaciones transnacionales (CTN), se aprovechan de los recursos regionales para progresar su competitividad sostenible. Los programas y el poder ejercido por las CTN en redes empresariales regionalizadas tienen importantes repercusiones en la politica regional y la asignacion desigual de recursos y capacidades dentro y entre las regiones. Nuestros resultados indican que las empresas transnacionales acceden a los recursos importantes para la innovacion, incluyendo la investigacion universitaria y la mano de obra cualificada, lo que afecta negativamente al potencial para la innovacion en pequenas y medianas empresas. Regiones Innovacion Politica Redes empresariales Desarrollo economico Mercados de trabajo

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  • Susan Christopherson & Jennifer Clark, 2007. "Power in Firm Networks: What it Means for Regional Innovation Systems," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(9), pages 1223-1236.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:41:y:2007:i:9:p:1223-1236
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400701543330

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