Social capital and innovation: A comparative analysis of regional policies

Murphy, L., Huggins, R. and Thompson, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-1961-7441, 2016. Social capital and innovation: A comparative analysis of regional policies. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34 (6), pp. 1025-1057. ISSN 0263-774X

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Abstract

This paper analyses how different forms of social capital are associated with different types of innovation across regional policy interventions. Taking the case of a continuum of three policy interventions incorporating both 'hard'/traditional and 'soft'/non-traditional innovation
measures, the analysis finds that differing regional innovation programmes are connected with different forms of social capital generation. Significant associations are found between the types of innovation generated and differing forms of social capital. In particular, the elements of social capital associated with the benefits of
social networks is positively related to softer forms of innovation. However, there is also evidence that the positive influence of social networks varies in strength across policy interventions, suggesting a strong contextual and environmental influence on this relationship. It is
concluded that social capital should not be considered a panacea for increasing levels of innovative activity within regional policy programmes.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Creators: Murphy, L., Huggins, R. and Thompson, P.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2016
Volume: 34
Number: 6
ISSN: 0263-774X
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/0263774X15597448DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Feb 2017 13:46
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30283

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