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Network capital, social capital and knowledge flow: how the nature of inter-organizational networks impacts on innovation

Huggins, Robert, Johnston, Andrew and Thompson, Piers 2012. Network capital, social capital and knowledge flow: how the nature of inter-organizational networks impacts on innovation. Industry and Innovation 19 (3) , pp. 203-232. 10.1080/13662716.2012.669615

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This paper focuses on the role of inter-organizational networks as facilitators of knowledge flow and innovation. It introduces the concepts of network capital and network space to complement existing notions of social capital and geographic space as explanatory factors underpinning the impact of networks. Empirically, the paper analyses the inter-organizational networks of firms across three different regional settings. As well as finding significant differences across regions, the analysis also finds cross-regional commonalities in terms of the association between the innovation prowess of firms and the nature of their networks. In particular, it is found that the innovation performance of firms is significantly related to network capital investment in dynamically configured inter-organizational knowledge alliances. It is concluded that such findings may provide clues in terms of policy making in areas such as cluster and innovation system development, especially in supporting and orchestrating networks which have a clear strategic and calculative rationale.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: Network capital; social capital; inter-organizational networks; knowledge; innovation; regions
Additional Information: Special Issue: Space and Inter-organizational Relations
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1366-2716
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:05

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