Innovation Networks – contribution to George A. Barnett’s Encyclopedia of Social Networks (SAGE Publications)

Use and integration of external information and knowledge resources provide a major contribution to a company’s innovation processes and outcomes. While focusing on their specific roles is not a new issue of recent research or management practice, external knowledge, meanwhile, has become increasingly important during the last decades. Today, collaboration in innovation networks likely [...]

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 [...]