Business associations and their contribution to knowledge networks in Mexico

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Abstract:

Mexican businesses are organized in a highly complex system, comprising an enormous variety of associations that group individual firms according to sectors and geographical lines of division. These associations may constitute an efficient means of support for the construction of knowledge networks benefiting their members. We analyze academicindustry relationship in which business associations (BAs) of different types participate in order to explore the connection between different institutional settings and knowledge network development. We argue that the structure of BAs is a key factor in their ability to sustain networking. It is, therefore, possible to speak of structural advantages or disadvantages as regards the building of triple helix relations.

Keywords: SMEs; business associations; economic coordination; knowledge networks; regional development; triple helix relations

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijtm.7.3.251_1

Affiliations: National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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