Innovation in the bioeconomy – dynamics of biorefinery innovation networks

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Abstract

The bioeconomy has become a central concept in many strategies for future economic development, emphasising an increasing need for collaboration across industries and sectors for innovation. This paper unpacks aspects of collaboration in the bioeconomy by looking at the development of innovation networks for biorefinery technologies from 2004 to 2014 based on innovation project data from Swedish public funding agencies using a stochastic actor-oriented model for network analysis. The analysis shows that although the network grew significantly during the time period, indicating an increasing interest in biorefinery technology innovation, inter-sectoral collaboration is not favoured over intra-sectoral collaboration. As is known from previous work on social networks trust-building is a key driver for collaboration, as actors tend to form collaborations with previous partners or indirectly connected partners, creating clustered networks.

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  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • innovation, social network analysis, bioeconomy, biorefineries
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935
Number of pages947
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Volume30
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2018
Peer-reviewedYes

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