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Forestry Organization Network in Northern Finland

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This study is a network analysis of the regional network of forest-related organizations in northern Finland. The study shows the position of the organizations in the network by grouping the organizations into clusters in terms of co-operation and mutual appreciation. The results are based on a questionnaire mailed to 1400 representatives of the main forestry organizations. Freeman's centrality degree measures, multidimensional scaling, factor analysis and hierarchical clustering were used to synthesize three main subgroups, named the Private-forestry-orientated group, the Environment- and nature-orientated group and the Background group. The results were quite predictable. It was a surprise to note how consistently the respondents answered the questions concerning mutual co-operation and appreciation. The attitudes, on the one hand, towards economical forestry and, on the other hand, towards environmental aims, defined the enduring tendency in the responses.

Keywords: Appreciation; co-operation; forestry network; network analysis; northern Finland

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Oulu Polytechnic School of Renewable Natural Resources FI-90650 Oulu Metsäkouluntie 2: The Finnish Forest Research Institute Joensuu Research Centre FI-80101 Joensuu Box 68

Publication date: 2003-12-01

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