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“Östgöta Textile” an innovative network in a triple helix logic – towards peer incubating
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9168-1790
2012 (English)In: Entrepreneurship and innovation networks: revised papers presented at the 15th Uddevalla Symposium, 14-16 June, 2012, Faro, Portugal / [ed] Irene Bernard, Trollhättan: Department of Economics and IT, University West , 2012, 691-706 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Policies and practices promoting growth in jobs and local/regional economies almost always include the promotion of firms. In the triple helix logic, the promotion of firms can be supported by a close network of actors from government and universities. However, even firms that have been in business for long may need support to develop or stay in business. This is probably even more the case in small, instable markets. In creative industries such as art and handicraft, these growth processes might be even more complicated and intricate.

This paper tells the story of a group of small, creative firms collaborating in a regional network to improved growth. The firms are all led by enthusiastic women in different stages of doing business through textile handicraft. The common theme is taking the cultural heritage of textile design and production further and even becoming tourist attractions.  They have formed a network named “Östgöta Textile” to help each other and find inspiration for growth through collaboration.

Östgöta Textile is the outcome of a long process of network formation, aided by the university-led Kultexturism project that had the mission to help these women to form the network. By forming a network and finding public support (both economic and other resources), both the individual firms and the idea of the textile cultural heritage are promoted and marketed. The formalized network is called Östgöta Textile. During its first years, the network has focused on business learning schemes/education, shared marketing and exhibitions, a webpage etc. 

The analysis of Östgöta Texile shows that the local and low-tech firms have received an important amount of help and support from the academic and governmental networks during the formative process. We describe how different types of entrepreneurs have taken on leading roles in this process and finally we elaborate on the idea the network as a form of peer incubation. 

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Trollhättan: Department of Economics and IT, University West , 2012. 691-706 p.
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Research reports / University West, ISSN 1653-7831 ; 2012:02
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79076ISBN: 9789197794343 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79076DiVA: diva2:538186
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Uddevalla Symposium 2012, June 14-16, Faro, Partugal
Available from: 2012-06-28 Created: 2012-06-28 Last updated: 2014-01-27Bibliographically approved

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