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Regional developers and network administrators are proud of having the largest number of registered network participants and clicks on their internet platform. However, what ultimately counts are the real business contacts that lead to additional sales, sustainable supplier-relationships, or to innovation projects leading to sustainable competitive advantages for companies and regions. Thomas Bentivegna focuses on ad-hoc networks, which are poorly represented in existing network and innovation literature. He identifies, classifies and categorizes different innovation network types operating in 5 European countries (Switzerland, Germany, England, Ireland, and France) based on data collected from 28 firms. He shows how a basic understanding of the types of innovation networks which are operating in North-West Europe, as well as the typical firm profile for each one, can be an effective tool in helping to support the agenda of several different key innovation actors.

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Frontmatter

1. Introduction

Abstract
The first chapter of this Master Thesis outlines the background and starting position of this research project, as well as a description of the principle, KARIM. Moreover, the research problem, objectives, purpose, research questions, scope, and structure are presented.
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2. Literature Review

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As a central feature of this Master Thesis, a literature review of two main topics was conducted. The two main topics researched were Innovation Networks and Knowledge Transfer.Through the analysis of existing literature, two objectives were pursued:
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To illustrate state-of-the-art theories in both fields. This includes an extensive analysis of the definitions, motivations, benefits, and barriers to firms in both areas of research.
 
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To identify gaps in the existing research and where this study can fill those gaps and contribute to the general discussion in both areas of research.
 
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3. Methodology

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The selection of a suitable methodology to accompany any research is an essential component which heavily influences and steers the undertaking towards the ultimate outcome. The methods chosen for this Master Thesis were based on linkages to theory and practical experiences. Therefore, the following chapter will provide an overview to how the empirical research process was conducted.
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4. Research Process

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In the following chapter, the research process is expanded upon. Issues which could undermine the credibility and value of this Master Thesis are explored, as well as various ethical and other considerations.
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5. Results Perspective One : Network Perspective

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The following chapter will answer Research Question 1, or from the perspective of the networks as a whole. The individual firm perspective which operate within these networks will be explored in Chapter 6 (Results Perspective Two).
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6. Results Perspective Two : Firm Perspective

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The following chapter will answer Research Question 2, or from the perspective of the individual firms which operate within the existing innovation networks identified and described in Chapter 5 (Results Perspective One).
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7. Implications and Conclusion

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The final chapter of this Master Thesis will present a brief summary as to what was explored in the previous chapters, as well as the theoretical and practical implications which the results could potentially have. Finally, recommendations are given as to how this research could be expanded upon and continued by other researchers.
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