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    Social Networks and Actual Knowledge Flow in the Irish Biotech Industry


    Van Egeraat, Chris and Curran, Declan (2013) Social Networks and Actual Knowledge Flow in the Irish Biotech Industry. European Planning Studies, 22 (6). pp. 1109-1126. ISSN 0965-4313

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    Abstract

    This paper presents an analysis of networks among small and medium-sized enterprises in the Irish biotech sector. The study applies social network analysis to determine the structure of networks of company directors and inventors in the biotech sector. In addition, on the basis of interviews, this article analyses the extent of actual knowledge flow through these industry networks. The paper makes both a theoretical and methodological contribution to innovation network research. In relation to theory, the findings of the social network analysis indicate that the extent and path of knowledge flow are influenced by both the type of knowledge in question and whether the network is of a formal or informal nature. Methodologically, the results of this paper raise questions about the application of social network analysis in innovation studies.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this journal is available at Chris van Egeraat & Declan Curran (2014) Social Networks and Actual Knowledge Flow in the Irish Biotech Industry, European Planning Studies, 22:6, 1109-1126, DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.761746
    Keywords: Social Networks; Knowledge Flow; Ireland; Biotech Industry; Company directors; Inventors;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 6147
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2012.761746
    Depositing User: Dr. Chris Van Egeraat
    Date Deposited: 25 May 2015 14:28
    Journal or Publication Title: European Planning Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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