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STEPS Centre Seminar: Matias Ramirez
8th March 2012 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Exploring the tools of social network analysis for competence building and inclusion in emerging clusters: Looking at Peruvian mangos and Colombian palm oil
By Matias Ramirez, Senior Lecturer in Management at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, Business and
Policy makers in many developing countries have been increasingly drawn to the notion that sustained economic development and improved rural livelihoods can be simultaneously attained through a “learning by exporting” dynamic in hitherto isolated agricultural clusters. However, assessing the effectiveness of the economic and social impact of regional policy has historically been an extremely challenging task. Hamstrung by the high degree of idiosyncrasy of local factors and the changing nature of regional dynamics, what works in one area won’t necessarily work in another. This presentation explores the extent to which some of the tools provided by social network analysis (SNA), that analyses social phenomena through the structure and patterns of ties between actors (individuals, firms etc), can provide some insights for cross comparative analysis of these emerging clusters.
Matias Ramirez is a senior lecturer in SPRU and has researched and published in areas relating knowledge work to innovation including labour mobility, knowledge transfer in regional (cluster) and technological systems in developing country contexts and international comparative analysis of employment regimes and management in high technology sectors.