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Network Equilibrium and the Spread of Innovation in Technologically Cooperating European SMEs.

Pearson, Mike

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Mike Pearson



Abstract

European technical cooperation data from a recent large survey on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is used to formulate a proxy network of country typical SMEs (CTSMEs) and reveal measures of centrality, bridging, density and structural equivalence. The longer established European member CTSMEs show similar structural equivalence, while the same is true for the new member states. We found that the innovativeness of a body of structurally equivalent CTSMEs is positively related to their gatekeeper role and ability to occupy balanced Simmelian as opposed to balanced ordinary bridging positions, highlighting the value of cooperation as opposed to competition in the growth of innovation. This brings enhanced understanding to organisations about areas for long term trans-regional business improvement.

Working Paper Type Working Paper
Deposit Date May 8, 2013
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Innovation; Small and Medium Enterprises; Technical Cooperation; Brokerage; Social networks; Structure
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/6044
Contract Date May 8, 2013

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