Brokerage and boots on the ground: Complements or substitutes in the manufacturing extension partnerships?

Brandt, Philipp ; Schrank, Andrew ; Whitford, Josh

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: Economic Development Quarterly
Volume: 32
Issue number: 4
Page range: 288-299
Place of publication: London [u.a.]
Publishing house: Sage Publications
ISSN: 0891-2424 , 1552-3543
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
School of Social Sciences > Economic and Organizational Sociology (Hillmann 2009-)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: There is more agreement on the need for advisory services to help small and midsized manufacturers keep up with the latest managerial techniques and technologies than there is on the optimal design of those services. This study reconfigures and reanalyzes administrative data from the American Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and draws on extensive interviews with “street-level bureaucrats” at Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers, to identify and compare variation in centers’ approaches to service delivery. Centers and clients who rely on third-party providers tend to have more rather than less enduring ties, suggesting that it’s direct delivery, rather than brokerage, that is associated with one-shot deals. There is evidence also that projects generate the most impact when they help “get the relationships right” and mitigate network failures.

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