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Science, business, and innovation: understanding networks in technology‐based incubators

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Abstract:

This study investigates the formation of networks in a major Canadian technology‐based incubator. Technology‐based incubators have spread around the world as a tool to accelerate the growth and survival of high‐tech companies. One of the central features of incubators is the provision of networking opportunities for tenants to establish collaborative relationships with other organizations. Using a qualitative methodology, this study seeks to better conceptualize the interplay between the networking strategies of high‐tech firms and the environment of incubators. This study reveals that far from an undifferentiated phenomenon, different kinds of networks are created in a high‐tech incubator environment. Factors that enable and constrain such networks are identified. This study points to the variegated nature of networks, suggesting that greater attention is needed to the conceptualization of inter‐organizational interactions in technology‐based incubators.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9310.2012.00681.x

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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