Social networks and competitive growth of university spin-off firms::a tale of two contrasting cities

Soetanto, D P and van Geenhuizen, M S (2009) Social networks and competitive growth of university spin-off firms::a tale of two contrasting cities. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 100 (2). pp. 198-209. ISSN 0040-747X

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Abstract

A key assumption in agglomeration theory is that knowledge-based firms benefit from knowledge spillovers in cities. Cities however may have different locations in the national context, such as embedded in a network of nearby cities or relatively isolated. We examine social networks employed by university spin-off firms in urban environments that contrast in such a way, namely, Delft (the Netherlands) and Trondheim (Norway). A set of growth models is explored with a focus on characteristics of social networks through which knowledge is acquired, such as tightness, strength and spatial orientation. The networks appear to differ in various respects, except for a positive influence on growth of heterogeneity in the social background of partners. The largest difference is observed in strength of relationships: an increase in strength tends to hamper growth in Delft, while it tends to enhance growth in Trondheim.

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Journal Article
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Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
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125103
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11 May 2018 10:10
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