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Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 290; doi:10.3390/su9020290

Dynamics of Brokerage Positions in Clusters: Evidence from the Spanish Foodstuffs Industry

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Departamento de Estudios Económicos y Financieros, Universidad Miguel Hernández, 03202 Elche, Spain
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Departamento de Organización de Empresas, Universitat Politècnica de València, 03801 Alcoy, Spain
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Departamento de Economía y Ciencias Sociales, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Departamento de Administración de Empresas y Marketing, Universitat Jaume I de Castellò de la Plana, 12071 Castelló de la Plana, Spain
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Academic Editor: Domingo Ribeiro-Soriano
Received: 25 November 2016 / Revised: 8 February 2017 / Accepted: 10 February 2017 / Published: 17 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entrepreneurial Sustainability: New Innovative Knowledge)
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Abstract

Shifting away from traditional approaches orientated towards the analysis of the benefits associated with brokerage, this paper provides valuable insights into the dynamics of this network position and the opportunities to innovate that it provides. Using fine grain micro data collected in a foodstuff Spanish cluster, the evolution of different brokerage profiles is analyzed in depth. It was particularly evident how firm-level characteristics (status, former mediating experience and external openness) and their interactions may generate changes in the different brokerage roles over a period of time. The findings of this work partially validate expectations based on the network dynamics approaches. Status and previous mediating experience facilitate the creation of partnerships, fostering brokerage. Conversely, interaction effects demote brokerage activity at the intra-cluster level, suggesting the selective nature of brokers’ relational behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: brokerage; foodstuff clusters; social network analysis; social status; extra cluster linkages; innovation brokerage; foodstuff clusters; social network analysis; social status; extra cluster linkages; innovation
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Belso-Martínez, J.A.; Expósito-Langa, M.; Mas-Verdú, F.; Molina-Morales, F.X. Dynamics of Brokerage Positions in Clusters: Evidence from the Spanish Foodstuffs Industry. Sustainability 2017, 9, 290.

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