Social network analysis of ERDF‐projects in Finland 2007‐2013
Santonen, Teemu (2017)
Society of Professional Innovation Management
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The aim of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. Therefore, ERDF-projects can be considered as an important tool for implementing National and Regional Innovation strategies across the Europe. By utilizing Social Network Analysis (SNA) methods and popularity based scientometrics approach, this study evaluates what kind of collaboration relationships are existing between Finnish ERDF-project actors and who are the leading ERDF-actors in Finland. The dataset covering the latest fully implemented EDRF program period (2007-2013) included 10.913 projects and 5.991 different organizations. Results revealed that great majority (67.6%) of all organizations had participated only in one project and only small portion (5.9%) of all projects included multiple beneficiaries. The list of most active organizations was heavily dominated by universities, which typically operated in multiple regions.