Quotation Bergé, Laurent R., Wanzenböck, Iris, Scherngell, Thomas. 2017. Centrality of regions in R&D networks: A new measurement approach using the concept of bridging paths. Regional Studies. 51 (8), 1165-1178.


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Centrality of regions in R&D networks: a new measurement approach using the concept of bridging paths. Regional Studies. This paper introduces a novel measure of regional centrality in the context of research and development (R&D) networks. It first demonstrates some substantial problems of social network analysis (SNA)-based centrality measures to cope with regional R&D networks in a meaningful way. It then proposes a new measurement approach of regional network centrality based on the concept of interregional bridging paths (indirect connections at the regional level). The paper shows that the formal definition of the regional bridging centrality measure can be expressed in terms of three simple components: the participation intensity of a region in interregional R&D collaborations; its relative outward orientation in terms of all established links; and its diversification of R&D collaborations among partner regions. The measure and its behaviour with respect to other conventional centrality measures are illustrated by its application to the European co-patent network at the NUTS-2 level.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Regional Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Centrality of regions in R&D networks: A new measurement approach using the concept of bridging paths
Volume 51
Number 8
Year 2017
Page from 1165
Page to 1178
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2016.1269885
Open Access N

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Scherngell, Thomas (Details)
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Bergé, Laurent R. (University of Bordeaux, France)
Wanzenböck, Iris (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria)
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Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
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