Social network analysis and the study of university industry relations

Fernando Romero, Eric Costa

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    Abstract

    The aim of this work is to give an overview on the development of theoretical concepts and methodological approaches to investigate innovation networks, in particular the use of social network analysis in the study of university industry relations. The structure of networks can be analysed through the lens of Social Network Analysis. This methodological approach is described and its fundamental concepts are presented. The paper then reviews the applications of this approach on the study of university industry relations. These relations can be considered as an innovation network, in the sense that the interactions established by its participants have more or less defined innovation goals. Different structures in the relations may result in different innovation outcomes, and the use of SNA may be particularly useful to understand differential outcomes. It is thus important to take stock of the knowledge concerning the efforts that have been made to probe the complex phenomena of university industry relations and, in particular, how approaches based on social network analysis have been used to understand it. This work is based on a review of available literature on the topics. The paper aims at systematizing the information and knowledge related to the application of SNA on university industry networks, highlighting the main research pathways, the main conclusions and pointing possible future research questions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    EditorsIiris Aaltio, Minna Eskelinen
    Place of PublicationReading, UK
    PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
    Pages654-661
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-911218-08-1
    ISBN (Print)978-1-911218-07-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event11th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Jyväskylä, Finland
    Duration: 15 Sept 201616 Sept 2016

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the 11th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
    ISSN (Print)2049-1050
    ISSN (Electronic)2049-1069

    Conference

    Conference11th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Abbreviated titleECIE 2016
    Country/TerritoryFinland
    CityJyväskylä
    Period15/09/1616/09/16

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