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The aim is to add to the knowledge on if and how legitimacy affects network formation and operation by analyzing two empirical cases. Although the importance of legitimacy has been pointed out this has still not gained much attention. Existing network theories and research tend to focus on resource exchange rather than on how actors perceive each other in term of being legitimate or not. The paper concerns the role of legitimacy in the formation of regional strategic networks. Such networks are commonly formed for the purpose of regional development by means of increased competitiveness of regional companies.
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