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Networks, knowledge flows and innovation in the Chilean meat sector

Networks, knowledge flows and innovation in the Chilean meat sector

Gorgoni, Sara and Pietrobelli, Carlo (2010) Networks, knowledge flows and innovation in the Chilean meat sector. International Journal of Business Environment, 3 (2). pp. 159-178. ISSN 1740-0597 (Print), 1740-0589 (Online) (doi:

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This paper contributes to the debate on innovation in the agro-food industry by presenting the results of a study of the impact of knowledge flows on firm’s innovation in the Chilean meat sector. Most literature agrees that innovation is the result of complex systemic interactions among many different players including other firms, universities and government institutions. In order to test this hypothesis, we apply social network analysis (SNA) and logistic regression to assess whether there is a significant relationship between firms’ position in the network and their innovation performance. The empirical test of this hypothesis is based on secondary data and on primary data collected through firm-level questionnaires and interviews to the population of slaughtering and processing plants in six Chilean regions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge flows, knowledge management, KM, business networks, social network analysis, SNA, food production, meat processing, Chile, agro-food industry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
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