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    Cooperation networks and innovation: a complex systems perspective to the analysis and evaluation of a regional innovation policy programme

    Rossi, Federica and Russo, M. (2009) Cooperation networks and innovation: a complex systems perspective to the analysis and evaluation of a regional innovation policy programme. Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice 15 (1), pp. 75-100. ISSN 1356-3890.

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    Abstract

    Recent developments in innovation theory and policy have led policy makers to assign particular importance to supporting networks of cooperation among heterogeneous economic actors, especially in production systems composed of small and medium enterprises. Such innovative policies call for parallel innovations in policy analysis, monitoring and assessment. Our analysis of a policy experiment aimed at supporting innovation networks in the Italian region of Tuscany intends to address some issues connected with the design, monitoring and evaluation of such interventions. Combining tools from ethnographic research and social networks analysis, the article explores the structural elements of the policy programme, its macroscopic impact on the regional innovation system and the success of individual networks in attaining their specific objectives.This innovative approach allows us to derive some general methodological suggestions for the design and evaluation of similar programmes.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): complex systems evaluation, innovation, policy and cooperation networks, regional development, SMEs production systems
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Research Centre: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2014 15:50
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 10:12
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10667

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