Power in firm networks: What it means for regional innovation systems

Title: Power in firm networks: What it means for regional innovation systems
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: December 2007
Published In: Regional Studies
Description:

The role of power within regional firm networks is noted in empirical studies but insufficiently theorized. It is suggested that network functioning is conflictual and that more powerful network members, particularly transnational corporations (TNCs), leverage regional resources to advance their sustainable competitive advantage. The agendas and power exercised by TNCs within regionalized firm networks have significant implications for regional policy and the uneven allocation of resources and capacities within and among regions. The findings indicate that transnational firm access to resources that are critical to innovation, including university research and skilled labour, negatively affects the potential for innovation by small and medium-size firms.

Ivan Allen College Contributors:
External Contributors: Susan Christopherson
Citation:

Regional Studies. 41. Issue 9. 1223 - 1236. ISSN 0034-3404. DOI 10.1080/00343400701543330.

Categories:
  • Economic Development and Smart Cities
Related Departments:
  • Center for Urban Innovation
  • School of Public Policy