In this book, the authors illustrate how social networks can play a very significant role in the technological catch up process in moderate innovative countries. Using an innovative approach to the study of entrepreneurship in knowledge-intensive sectors, the book analyses the role of social networks in the access and deployment of the variety of competences and resources required for the successful creation of knowledge-intensive companies, which has not yet been studied sufficiently in this context.

part I|33 pages


chapter 1|31 pages

Knowledge-intensive sectors in moderately innovative countries in Europe

Overcoming the missing links, stepping over barriers
ByIsabel Salavisa, Carim Vali

part II|72 pages

How are social networks relevant for technological entrepreneurship?

chapter 2|32 pages

Dynamics, structure and content of innovation networks

An overview of the literature
ByJoana Almodovar, Aurora Teixeira

chapter 3|20 pages

Networks and technological entrepreneurship

ByCristina Sousa, Margarida Fontes

chapter 4|18 pages

Using social network analysis to study entrepreneurship

Methodological issues
ByCristina Sousa

part III|163 pages

The role of social networks in the creation and development of knowledge-intensive sectors in Portugal and Italy

chapter 5|19 pages

Setting the scene

ByMargarida Fontes, Isabel Salavisa, Pedro Videira

chapter 6|35 pages

Social networks and the entrepreneurial process in molecular biotechnology in Portugal

From science to industry
ByMargarida Fontes, Cristina Sousa, Pedro Videira

chapter 7|22 pages

Social networks and the entrepreneurial process in molecular biotechnology in Southern Italy

ByLorella Cannavacciuolo, Guido Capaldo, Pierluigi Rippa

chapter 8|29 pages

Social networks and the entrepreneurial process in software for telecommunications in Portugal

ByIsabel Salavisa, Pedro Videira, Carim Vali

chapter 9|32 pages

Comparing sectoral networks in software and biotechnology

ByMargarida Fontes, Isabel Salavisa, Cristina Sousa

chapter 10|24 pages

Knowledge networks and technological regimes in biotechnology and software

Searching for explanatory factors
ByIsabel Salavisa, Margarida Fontes, Cristina Sousa, Pedro Videira

part IV|28 pages

Strategic and policy implications

chapter 11|21 pages

Location matters

Networking behaviour in different national contexts
ByMargarida Fontes, Guido Capaldo

chapter 12|5 pages


ByIsabel Salavisa, Margarida Fontes