This paper analyses the relationships between firms involved in a pilot project to promote the creation of a multifunctional local system, a case of collective action. The project area is a rural alpine space in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region (NE Italy). The analysis, which is part of the pilot project, used Social Network Analysis tools to explore the structure and dynamics of firm relationships in terms of mutual awareness, types and strength of business ties, and extension and location of economic and social interactions. These characteristics are described at both complete and ego network levels. The findings can be used to design policies and rural development agendas. The analysis also revealed the potentials of Social Network Analysis in assessing networking projects and enhancing rural actors' awareness of their relational system.

Rural Inter-firm Networks as Basis for Multifunctional Local System Development: Evidence from an Italian Alpine Area

ZACCARIN, SUSANNA;DE STEFANO, DOMENICO
2014

Abstract

This paper analyses the relationships between firms involved in a pilot project to promote the creation of a multifunctional local system, a case of collective action. The project area is a rural alpine space in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region (NE Italy). The analysis, which is part of the pilot project, used Social Network Analysis tools to explore the structure and dynamics of firm relationships in terms of mutual awareness, types and strength of business ties, and extension and location of economic and social interactions. These characteristics are described at both complete and ego network levels. The findings can be used to design policies and rural development agendas. The analysis also revealed the potentials of Social Network Analysis in assessing networking projects and enhancing rural actors' awareness of their relational system.
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