Knowledge Networks and the Role of Family Firms: The Case of an Italian Regional Cluster

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Ghinoi , S , De Vita , R , Steiner, PhD , P B & Sinatra , A 2021 , ' Knowledge Networks and the Role of Family Firms: The Case of an Italian Regional Cluster ' , Journal of Open Innovation Technology, Market, and Complexity , vol. 7 , no. 3 . https://doi.org/10.3390/joitmc7030193

Title: Knowledge Networks and the Role of Family Firms: The Case of an Italian Regional Cluster
Author: Ghinoi, Stefano; De Vita, Riccardo; Steiner, PhD, Prof. Bodo; Sinatra, Alessandro
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management
University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management
Date: 2021-09-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Journal of Open Innovation Technology, Market, and Complexity
ISSN: 2199-8531
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334350
Abstract: Studies on open innovation (OI) have highlighted the importance of inter-organizational knowledge networks. However, little is known about OI networks established by family firms, and their roles in such knowledge networks. By focusing on one of the most important Italian footwear clusters, this paper applies Social Network Analysis to investigate the role of family firms in exchanging knowledge according to their intra-cluster position and extra-cluster openness. Our results provide novel evidence on the role of family firms in OI networks, as they suggest that family firms mainly operate as gatekeepers in the technological and managerial networks, while they act as external stars in the market and managerial networks.
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