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Journal articles (2021), Regional Studies, In press

Too much of a good thing? Network brokerage within and between regions and innovation performance

OPERTI Elisa , KUMAR Amit

The paper offers a multilevel understanding of the effect of brokerage on regional innovation. We develop a typology of regional networks based on the extent to which the inventors of a region connect the otherwise disconnected group of local inventors (internal brokerage) or connect the local network with other regions (external boundary-spanning). Using data on regional innovation performance and co-inventing networks within and between US metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) between 2000 and 2014, we show that configurations balancing high (low) internal brokerage and low (high) external boundary-spanning lead to higher innovation performance than those where brokerage occurs at both levels of analysis. Link to the article

OPERTI, E. and KUMAR, A. (2021). Too much of a good thing? Network brokerage within and between regions and innovation performance. Regional Studies, In press.

Keywords : #networks, #brokerage, #boundary, #spanning, #inventors, #multilevel-networks, #patents, #innovation