Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The influence of networks on local economic development performance
by Kim, Sangsoo, Ph.D., The Florida State University, 2012, 123; 3519413
Abstract (Summary)

The research question guiding of this dissertation asks, "How and to what extent do network relations of a city with organizations within its community and external networks with external governmental and other development actors influence success in attracting jobs, business, and economic development?" Little to no empirical research has touched on the effects of a certain type of network on performance. Thus, this dissertation investigates whether the scope and type of networks (internal and external networks) are related to the performance of economic development (e.g., change in the manufacturing employment, firms, investment).

A transaction costs based theoretical framework is advances in which government's internal networks with organizations in the community and external networks with other governments and development actors influence the transaction costs of economic development.

Network relationships are identified based on a national survey of cities conducted in 2004. Patterns of manufacturing development growth from 2002 to 2007 are estimated based on network structure, development policies, political structure, regional competition, and socioeconomic characteristics. Two sets of regression equations based on these models are estimated to test these hypotheses. The implications of the findings for research and practice will be discussed in the conclusion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feiock, Richard
Commitee: Barrilleaux, Charles, Lee, Keon-Hyung, deHaven-Smith, Lance
School: The Florida State University
Department: Public Administration
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 73/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public administration, Public policy
Keywords: Local economic development, Network, Performance, Social capital, Transaction cost
Publication Number: 3519413
ISBN: 978-1-267-52347-1
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