6 • La performance e l’innovazione nei contratti di rete
This chapter analyses the performance of network contracts measured as effectiveness, market performance and cohesion of the network members. In addition, the chapter analyses the ability of the contract to help network members developing new skills, to carry out independently some activities previously carried out only in the network, and to grow. The survey results emphasise the importance of complementary resources and market proximity in sustaining network performance. Finally, the chapter investigates the topic of innovation, and again, the network is perceived as effective when it gives access to complementary expertise to do innovation. The chapter therefore offers important guidelines for the construction of high-performance networks by identifying the key attributes of shared resources and prior competencies of the partners.