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The impact of network structure on knowledge transfer: An application of social network analysis in the context of regional innovation networks

  • Michael Fritsch


    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin), and Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)

  • Martina Kauffeld-Monz


    (Institute for Urban Science and Structural Policy (IfS Berlin), Germany)

We analyze information and knowledge transfer in a sample of 16 German regional innovation networks with almost 300 firms and research organizations involved. The results indicate that strong ties are more beneficial for the exchange of knowledge and information than weak ties. Moreover, our results suggest that broker positions tend to be associated with social returns rather than with private benefits.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2008-036.

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Date of creation: 06 May 2008
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-036
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