|Journal||Journal of Rural Studies|
|Early online date||28 Sep 2016|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2016|
- knowledge exchange
- social capital
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
TY - JOUR
T1 - Innovation networks and the institutional actor-producer relationship in rural areas: The context of artisan food production
AU - McKitterick, Lynsey
AU - Quinn, Barry
AU - McAdam, Rodney
AU - Dunn, Adele
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PY - 2016/12
Y1 - 2016/12
N2 - This paper takes a multiple theoretical perspective, utilising concepts from the knowledge exchange and the rural, social networks literatures to explore artisan food enterprise engagement with institutional networks for innovation. A qualitative methodology is adopted, involving semi-structured interviews and group discussions with producers and institutional actors, and participant observation. The findings highlight that while informal networks, including business networks, family associations and international sources play a more important role in innovation for artisan food firms than institutional networks, institutional networks play a critical role in developing social capital and knowledge exchange among producers and in acting as a bridge to informal, embedded networks for these enterprises. The findings demonstrate how sectoral contextual factors shape interactions in the institutional actor-producer relationship, and how they impact upon involvement in institutional networks and in turn facilitate and restrict innovation in this context.
AB - This paper takes a multiple theoretical perspective, utilising concepts from the knowledge exchange and the rural, social networks literatures to explore artisan food enterprise engagement with institutional networks for innovation. A qualitative methodology is adopted, involving semi-structured interviews and group discussions with producers and institutional actors, and participant observation. The findings highlight that while informal networks, including business networks, family associations and international sources play a more important role in innovation for artisan food firms than institutional networks, institutional networks play a critical role in developing social capital and knowledge exchange among producers and in acting as a bridge to informal, embedded networks for these enterprises. The findings demonstrate how sectoral contextual factors shape interactions in the institutional actor-producer relationship, and how they impact upon involvement in institutional networks and in turn facilitate and restrict innovation in this context.
KW - artisan
KW - agri-food
KW - rural
KW - knowledge exchange
KW - social capital
KW - institutional.
U2 - 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.09.005
DO - 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.09.005
M3 - Article
VL - 48
SP - 41
EP - 52