critical for fostering innovation:

Research suggests that the following network characteristics are critical
for fostering innovation:
¦ Partner diversity
¦ Third parties, science partners and institutional mechanisms
¦ Networked approaches to investment – through co-investment
¦ Proactive management of networks and networking processes
Partner diversity
Innovation occurs more effectively where there is an exchange of knowledge between
systems. This may be between different industries, regions or countries, even
between science and industry. In this context the diversity of relationships in networks
has a significant impact on innovativeness and is a critical focus of research.