Knowledge Networks and the Role of Family Firms: The Case of an Italian Regional Cluster

Stefano Ghinoi, Riccardo De Vita, Bodo Steiner, Alessandro Sinatra
2021 Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market and Complexity  
Studies on open innovation (OI) have highlighted the importance of inter-organizational knowledge networks. However, little is known about OI networks established by family firms, and their roles in such knowledge networks. By focusing on one of the most important Italian footwear clusters, this paper applies Social Network Analysis to investigate the role of family firms in exchanging knowledge according to their intra-cluster position and extra-cluster openness. Our results provide novel
more » ... nce on the role of family firms in OI networks, as they suggest that family firms mainly operate as gatekeepers in the technological and managerial networks, while they act as external stars in the market and managerial networks.
doi:10.3390/joitmc7030193 fatcat:dd3s37ofdbgwbcmjxkusq22oxy