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Innovation networks and the institutional actor-producer relationship in rural areas: The context of artisan food production

McKitterick, Lynsey, Quinn, Barry, McAdam, Rodney and Dunn, Adele (2016) Innovation networks and the institutional actor-producer relationship in rural areas: The context of artisan food production. Journal of Rural Studies, 48 (C). pp. 41-52. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.09.005

Abstract

This paper takes a multiple theoretical perspective, utilising concepts from the knowledge exchange and the rural, social networks literatures to explore artisan food enterprise engagement with institutional networks for innovation. A qualitative methodology is adopted, involving semi-structured interviews and group discussions with producers and institutional actors, and participant observation. The findings highlight that while informal networks, including business networks, family associations and international sources play a more important role in innovation for artisan food firms than institutional networks, institutional networks play a critical role in developing social capital and knowledge exchange among producers and in acting as a bridge to informal, embedded networks for these enterprises. The findings demonstrate how sectoral contextual factors shape interactions in the institutional actor-producer relationship, and how they impact upon involvement in institutional networks and in turn facilitate and restrict innovation in this context.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:artisan; agri-food; rural; knowledge exchange; social capital, institutional.
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:36050
Deposited By: Professor Barry Quinn
Deposited On:26 Oct 2016 13:54
Last Modified:28 Apr 2018 22:23

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