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Networked research: European policy intervention in ICTs

Stefano Breschi
Lorenzo Cassi
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Franco Malerba
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Nicholas S. Vonortas
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We use social network analysis to evaluate 'behavioural' additionality aspects of public programmes supporting research and development (R&D). The paper appraises empirically the partnership and knowledge networks created around the R&D activities of the Information Society Priority of the Sixth Research Framework Programme of the European Community. These emergent, scale-free networks are found to play an important role in generating and, especially, in diffusing knowledge by attracting key industry actors and by strengthening overall network connectivity through public support. Public policy should try to facilitate the development of more European organisations that can be characterised as global network hubs, on the one hand, and to draw larger numbers of the most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into these programmes, on the other, to avoid technological lock-ins and mitigate the resistance or network reorientation toward more productive research areas.
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hal-00439359 , version 1 (07-12-2009)



Stefano Breschi, Lorenzo Cassi, Franco Malerba, Nicholas S. Vonortas. Networked research: European policy intervention in ICTs. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 2009, 21 (7), pp.833-857. ⟨10.1080/09537320903182314⟩. ⟨hal-00439359⟩
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