This paper reports empirical research into the nature of business relationships, knowing and learning in the British and Italian motorsport industries. The research demonstrates the importance of collaboration and the emergence of network relations as key in innovation processes. Networks are the locales in which learning and knowing occur in this industry. The degree to which organizations learn about new opportunities and ideas is a function of the extent and nature of their participation in the network. In particular, it is shown that there have been extensive efforts in the Italian industry to encourage the formation of networks with a shared identity. This is contrasted with the way in which the motorsport industry is developing in the United Kingdom. In making sense of these developments, th
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