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

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  • Uwe Cantner

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

  • Holger Graf

    () (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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  • Uwe Cantner & Holger Graf, 2007. "Growth, Development and Structural Change of Innovator Networks - The Case of Jena," Jena Economic Research Papers 2007-090, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
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    1. Tina Wolf & Uwe Cantner, 2011. "Innovative Companies' Survival and The Region - Is not it just being there?," ERSA conference papers ersa10p606, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Janaina Pamplona da Costa, 2015. "Network (Mis)Alignment, Technology Policy and Innovation: The Tale of Two Brazilian Cities," SPRU Working Paper Series 2015-14, SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex Business School.
    3. Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (Ed.), 2012. "Vernetzung, Kooperationen, Metropolregionen - Effekte für die wirtschaftliche Zukunft der Städte. Dokumentationen des "3rd Halle Forum on Urban Economic Growth"," IWH-Sonderhefte 4/2012, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).

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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • 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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