Coordination of interactions in innovative environments
by Rejean Landry, Nabil Amara, Moktar Lamari, Mathieu Ouimet
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (IJEIM), Vol. 7, No. 2/3/4/5, 2007

Abstract: Studies on innovative environments emphasise the importance of localised interactions as drivers of innovations. However, empirical studies on the coordination of interactions between firms operating in innovative environments are scanty. This paper adapts the Metcalfe coordination scale to identify levels of coordination and their determinants in using data of a recent survey on comprising 800 firms located in a Canadian manufacturing region. In order to see what the determinants of coordination of interactions are we estimated OLS models for four types of innovative environments (pole, technopole, industrial district and cluster). In addition to shedding new light on determinants of coordination in clusters, the results of this paper identify significant explanatory factors of coordination of interactions that should be considered as tools that policy makers could use to facilitate coordination in clusters.

Online publication date: Wed, 21-Mar-2007

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