Séminaire KTO-GREDEG-OFCE - Bodo Steiner (University of Helsinki)

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"Networks in peripheral space: how do proximity and endogenous structural configurations influence the propensity to collaborate?"

08-04-2019 - 10h00 à 12h00 - Sophia Antipolis SKEMA (3rd floor - PhD Room)

Bodo Steiner (University of Helsinki)

 Séminaire joint KTO-GREDEG-OFCE

Title: Networks in peripheral space: how do proximity and endogenous structural configurations influence the propensity to collaborate?

Abstract: Lapland, a large peripheral region in Finland, faces similar challenges that other peripheral regions face in Europe: how to foster diversified regional specialization into particular competences through entrepreneurship and stakeholder engagement? Europe’s “Smart Specialisation Strategy” (S3) tries to provide answers. Yet, has it provided answers, from the perspective of the stakeholders involved? And has the adoption of governance practices to identify and promote areas of regional competences encouraged regional stakeholders to create relational networks? This paper uses a network approach to investigate relational drivers that influence the propensity to establish informal networks (e.g., knowledge exchange) and formal networks (e.g., partnership consortia and formal agreement) in Lapland. Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGMs) are used to test how different measures of proximity and endogenous structural network configurations influence the propensity to collaborate. The results suggest that endogenous network configurations can be effective in developing formal collaborations. Further, stakeholders that are of similar type show a greater propensity to establish formal rather than informal collaborations. These insights support the idea that formal collaborations require homogeneous and balanced consortia structures to operate effectively, while informal collaborations do not require specific features to be activated.


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