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Gendered partnerships and networks in Swedish innovation policy: a case study of multi-level governance
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9938-5358
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9375-2927
2012 (English)In: Promoting innovation: policies, practices and procedures / [ed] Susanne Andersson, Karin Berglund, Ewa Gunnarsson & Elisabeth Sundin, Stockholm: VINNOVA , 2012, p. 155-172Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this chapter is to describe the relationshipbetween formal Swedish partner-ships of the European Regional Development Fund and informal gendered networking related to the policy of women’s entrepreneurship. In choosingtwo cases, the counties of Jönköping and Jämtland, we wish to investigate similarities and differences related to the aim of the study. The process surrounding the Structural Fundprojects is an illustration of multi-level governance. The formal institutions support the idea of gen-der-inclusivenetworks. In our empirical data we find that there areseveral different kinds of networks and networking. On the one hand, the relationship between the for-mal, institutionalised partnership and its elite network and women in business seems weak, whilst on the other handbeingstrong amongst male Triple Helix actors. The social dimension of networking seems more important than we had expected; thus local setting and geographical proximity to other agents is vital. This contrasts withthe organisation of the large Structural Fundregions which includes several counties. It also contrasts with“created” networks and arenas in whichpeople with no priorcon-nections are supposed to interact. Our empirical studies indicate that sphere-bridging exists on different levels, sometimes on the target group level and sometimes on the operational level. When writing project applications or running projects, however those networks are embedded in a firm and bureaucratic structure.

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Stockholm: VINNOVA , 2012. p. 155-172
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Vinnova Report, ISSN 1650-3104 ; 2012:8
Keywords [en]
gender, networks, partnerships, innovation, regional development
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39927ISBN: 9789186517717 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-39927DiVA, id: diva2:773671
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VINNOVAAvailable from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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