In this book, the authors illustrate how social networks can play a very significant role in the technological catch up process in moderate innovative countries. Using an innovative approach to the study of entrepreneurship in knowledge-intensive sectors, the book analyses the role of social networks in the access and deployment of the variety of competences and resources required for the successful creation of knowledge-intensive companies, which has not yet been studied sufficiently in this context.
Part I: Overview 1. Knowledge intensive sectors in moderate innovative countries in Europe: overcoming the missing links, stepping over barriers Isobel Salavisa and Carim Vali Part II: How are social networks relevant for technological entrepreneurship? An overview of the literature and methdological options 2. Dynamics, structure and content of innovation networks: an overview of the literature Jana Almodovar and Aurora Teixeira 3. Networks and technological entrepreneurship Cristina Sousa and Margarida Fontes 4. Using social network analysis to study entrepreneurship: methodological issues Cristina Sousa Part III: The role of social networks in the creation and development of knowledge-intensive sectors in Portugal and Italy 5. Setting the sceme Margarida Fontes, Isabel Salavisa and Pedro Videira 6. Social networks and the entrepreneurial process in molecular biotechnology in Portugal: from science to industry Margarida Fontes, Cristina Sousa and Pedro Videira 7. Social networks and the entrepreneurial process in molecular biotechnology in Southern Italy Lorella Cannavacciula, Guido Capaldo and Pierluigi Rippa 8. Social networks and the entrepreneurial process in software for telecommunications in Portugal Isabel Salavisa, Pedro Videira and Carim Vali 9. Comparing sectoral networks in software and biotechnology Margarida Fontes, Isabel Salavisa and Cristina Sousa 10. Knowledge networks and technological regimes in biotechnology and software: searching for explanatory factors Isabel Salavisa, Margarida Fontes, Cristina Sausa and Pedro Videiro Part IV: Strategic and policy implications 11. Location matters. Networking behaviour in different national contexts Margarida Fontes and Guido Capeldo 12. Conclusions Isabel Salavisa and Margarida Fontes