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I have been studying business/industrial/high-tech SME clusters (mainly in
Brazil) for many years, but I am new to SNA.
After a recent UNIDO workshop on Latin American clusters, I decided to
develop a research project precisely on the use of social network analysis
in research into SME clusters. The focus should be on how the interactions
of the different public and private agents support innovation within
territorial networks. However, I am not aware of any prior application of
SNA to research on clusters, except for the useful contribution (as usual)
from Valdis about network building in that context. I am looking forward to
the research results from the ACEnet experience. Perhaps you and possibly
other list members could be interested in developing comparative studies, or
share any ideas on how to approach the subject?
Prof. Carlos O. Quandt, Ph.D.
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná - PUCPR
Rua Imaculada Conceição, 1155 - Bloco Acadêmico Prado Velho 80215-901 -
Curitiba - PR - Brazil
Tel.: 55-41-271-1476 / 271-1634 - Fax: 55-41-271-1638 [log in to unmask]
>Re: Social network analysis of structure of MSE business clusters
Here is a non-academic article I co-wrote with a client of mine -- June
Holley of ACEnet -- about building economic networks in SE Ohio. This
'white paper' was aimed at economic developers, community organizers and
foundations with very little, or no social network knowledge. This is
ACEnet's direct experience of weaving networks within the emerging food
industry/cluster in Appalachia.
We will likely present our actual data gathered annually over the last 3
years, at next year's Sunbelt in LA.
An updated version of this article will be in the upcoming issue of
On May 21, 2004, at 10:32 AM, Rick Davies wrote:
> Dear list members
> I am looking for references (preferably online) about the use of
> social network analysis in research into business clusters, especially
> clusters of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in thirds world
> countries. I have done some homework vian Google but have not found
> anything that directly fits this topic. UNIDO are doing a lot of work
> with business clusters in India and elsewhere, but not using social
> network analysis tools
> as far as I can see. Much of the literature on clusters that I have
> found so
> far does not seem to pay much attention to the internal structure of
> business clusters. Yet there would seem to be potentially useful
> here. E.g on the extent to which linakges between enterprises are
> based on
> non-economic factors (social or politcial) and which thus constrain
> to economic information and thus opportunities. And there must be some
> literature on the role of brokers (dalal, I think is the hindi/bangla
> in helping businesses make connections where they lack their own
> The prevalence of their activity in different areas might tell us
> about the
> structure of business clusters.
> Any ideas?
> with regards from Rick
> Rick Davies (Dr)
> Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
> Cambridge, United Kingdom
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