Identifying key network characteristics for agricultural innovation: multisectoral case study approach

Evelien Lambrecht, Maarten Crivits, Ludwig Lauwers, Xavier Gellynck

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    This article identified network characteristics critical for successful agricutural innovations within networks, or a set of
    interrelated organizations aiming at knowledge exchange for innovations. To explore key success factors, the research
    questioned how networks cope with innovation characteristics and combined network characteristics with four innovation
    characteristics in four agricultural sub-sectors. Data were collected from in-depth interviews with farmers and
    network coordinators and from focus group discussions with farmers active in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium.
    Factors particularly helpful for success in agricultural innovation networks include numerous contacts, integration of
    knowledge providers in the network structure, face-to-face communication, a self-initiated coalition and surpassing
    innovation beyond the mere agricultural level, through collaboration with people from outside the sector. The findings are
    useful for academics, network coordinators and network members, possibly leading to a higher innovation performance
    via networking.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    TijdschriftOutlook on Agriculture
    Pagina's (van-tot)19-26
    Aantal pagina’s8
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 2018


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