Regional Horizontal Networks within the SME Agri-Food Sector: An Innovation and Social Network Perspective

Maura McAdam, Rodney McAdam, Adele Dunn

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McAdam M., McAdam R., Dunn A. and McCall C. Regional horizontal networks within the SME agri-food sector: an innovation and social network perspective, Regional Studies. This paper aims to explore how regional horizontal networks within the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) agri-food sector develop innovative capability and outcomes through the adoption of a combined innovation and social network perspective. To facilitate this, the Slow Food Network was deemed appropriate. A multiple case analysis was then used in order to explore 11 regional SME-based agri-food horizontal networks. The findings demonstrate that a complex life cycle development occurred within the regional SME networks. Such development required unique strategies of explorative and exploitative innovation-based knowledge exchange at different life cycle stages with resultant changes in network dynamics between the SMEs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1316-1319
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2015

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  • innovation
  • sme
  • horizontal networks


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