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Title


Regional strategic networks -the impact of initial conditions and activities on outcomes

Authors


Edith Andresen,
Heléne Lundberg
Mid Sweden University
Sweden
Heléne Lundberg and Tommy Roxenhall

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.

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Abstract


Establishment of networks including the academy, business actors, and local government representatives has become a prevalient international, national, and sub-national strategy for supporting business competitiveness and regional development. This paper aims atdeveloping our knowledge of the impact of initial conditions and network activities on RSN management and outcomes.  It is shown that "organic" relationships, regarded as important by the actors themselves, may develop even in "created" settings and that RSN initiatives thus will change the business network. The results are, however, not directed, nor forseen. They develop as a result of the provision of opportunities for interaction and the members' own decisions to act on opportunities they come to recognize. The outcomes are thus "organic" but the probability that relationships will develop between actors in a particular region is increased by means of RSNs.