How to Network?
Network relationships could be developed at various levels and between many different types of economic agents.
In Italy, networking agreement could be considered as an atypical contract, hybrid aggregative model characterised by its extreme flexibility and adaptability to every business needs. On these basis, networking today could help minimizing risks, sharing resources and multiplying opportunities; ensuring the quality of the final result, through the loyalty of the supply chain in case of vertical network, limiting or controlling competition through the definition of common objectives and appropriate strategies in horizontal collaborations, or achieve better position in markets, configuring as complex entities but still preserving the specificity and individuality of single enterprises.
Under a more global perspective, network formation could be viewed under the open innovation approach where, having limited resources for research and innovations, companies have the possibility to acquire new knowledge from outside its boundaries, by buying or licensing processes or patented inventions from other companies, or exploiting the process the other way round, by selling internal inventions not being used through licensing, joint ventures or spin-offs.