From incubation to maturity inside parks: the evolution of local knowledge networks



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Díez Vial, Isabel and Montoro Sánchez, María Ángeles (2017) From incubation to maturity inside parks: the evolution of local knowledge networks. International Journal of Technology Management, 73 (1-3). pp. 132-150. ISSN 1741-5276

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This paper analyses the effect of the evolution of local knowledge networks on the innovative capacity of firms co-located. Using a network dynamic approach, this paper argues that the length of time that firms spend in a science park affects their local knowledge network. By the identification of three stages of local development-incubation, growth and maturity-, this study provides new insights about the role of science parks in both increasing their innovative capacity and promoting the exchange of knowledge among co-located firms. In this sense, science parks have been increasingly considered as a nurturing environment for business start-ups and lead to the development of growth-oriented firms, not being a consensus about how the length of time the firm spends in the park may affect these benefits.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Network dynamics; Knowledge flows; Strength of relationships; Innovation; Time; Science park; Social network analysis; SNA; Trust; Centrality in the network.
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Economic development
Social sciences > Economics > Business enterprises
ID Code:57433
Deposited On:22 Oct 2019 09:10
Last Modified:12 Jan 2022 09:03

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