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Bielefeld Graduate School
in History and Sociology
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Paola Menapace

Effectiveness of policies for innovation on a local level: a comparative study of social networks

The dissertation project aims to study the link between social reflexivity, as theorized by Donati (2011), and "team performance" in innovation projects, focusing on the role played by social networks of pre-selected innovation projects both in Germany and in the Netherlands. In each country I selected one project, which for some characteristics was supposed to be successful and one project with different characteristics that thereby has served as a control group. The general objective of the research is to study the effect of social reflexivity on the performance of the team as independent (explanatory) variable, emerging in the context of innovation projects in two countries/regions in which many different stakeholders (university, firms, other organizations) enter into a network to develop together a new product or a new technology to put on the market. The main thesis that I strive to test is that the presence of social reflexivity at a group level allows more efficient and effective results at the end of the project in terms of objective output performance. Indicators for efficiency and effectiveness were expressed before to start the research as expected outputs. Very common indicators in this field are: number of publications, development of prototypes and patents. My thesis here is that the team-efficiency/effectiveness of such particular projects depends on many determinants which are more related to the quality of the relations that teams (analyzed as networks) are able to produce by themselves and throughout the relationship with their external institutional environments during the time span of the project. The expected governance pattern arising from this networking regulation will be a relational one (referring to the different typology of networks developed during the project) that can be explained within the framework of the Relational Theory of the Society (Donati, 1991).


Paola Menapace, (2012), Ankara's Local Academic Labour Market: How a Regional Focus on R&D System and Industry Collaboration Could Offer Better Employment Opportunities for Young Researchers in Turkey, in: Christa Larsen, Ruth Hasberg, Alfons Schmidt, Eugenia Atin, Jan Brzozowski (Eds.), Skills Monitoring in European Regions and Localities. State of the Art and Perspectives, Rainer Hampp Verlag, München, Mering 2012, pp. 158-172.

Pisanu, F. & Menapace, P. (2014), Creativity & innovation: four key issues from a literature review, Creative Education. Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 145-154

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