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Regional Horizontal Networks within the SME Agri-Food Sector: An Innovation and Social Network Perspective

McAdam, Maura, McAdam, Rodney, Dunn, Adele and McCall, Clare (2015) Regional Horizontal Networks within the SME Agri-Food Sector: An Innovation and Social Network Perspective. Regional Studies, 50 (8). pp. 1316-1319. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2015.1007935

Abstract

McAdam M., McAdam R., Dunn A. and McCall C. Regional horizontal networks within the SME agri-food sector: an innovation and social network perspective, Regional Studies. This paper aims to explore how regional horizontal networks within the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) agri-food sector develop innovative capability and outcomes through the adoption of a combined innovation and social network perspective. To facilitate this, the Slow Food Network was deemed appropriate. A multiple case analysis was then used in order to explore 11 regional SME-based agri-food horizontal networks. The findings demonstrate that a complex life cycle development occurred within the regional SME networks. Such development required unique strategies of explorative and exploitative innovation-based knowledge exchange at different life cycle stages with resultant changes in network dynamics between the SMEs.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:innovation; sme; horizontal networks
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Ulster Business School > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:35588
Deposited By: Professor Rodney McAdam
Deposited On:06 Sep 2016 08:12
Last Modified:06 Sep 2016 08:12

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