Innovation Networks – Social Networks and the Generation of Innovations

Innovation and Networks

Key findings of empirical research in the 1960s focused on the role of external sources for the generation of innovations and thus, on the importance of boundary-spanning networks. As Freeman (1991: 499) emphasizes, they started to demonstrate the “vital importance of external information networks and of collaboration with users during the [...]

Communities and Social Networks in Organizational Knowledge Communication

Organizational Communication

In his seminal work, Gerhard Maletzke (1963: 18) defines communication as the mediation of meaning between creatures. The complexity and omnipresence of communication is prominently expressed in the first axiom by Watzlawick et al. (1969 (1967): 53) that one cannot not communicate. This postulate has become an established part in studies on [...]

Perceptions of Knowledge, Knowledge Society, and Knowledge Management

Knowledge Society

The description of our society as a knowledge society is only one approach among many others to characterize the society we live in (authors prefer to talk of media society, risk society, multiple option society, individualized society, multi-cultural society, global society etc., for example; for an overview over the authors [...]