Title
Density and strength of ties in innovation networks : an analysis of multimedia and biotechnology
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Basingstoke :Palgrave Macmillan ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
European management review. - Basingstoke, s.a.
Volume/pages
2(2005) :3 , p. 179-197
ISSN
1740-4754
ISI
000208677000004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
This paper proposes modifications and extensions to the thesis of the 'strength of weak ties' in interfirm networks. It proceeds on the following assumptions. First, network effects depend on the industry and on whether the focus of a network is on exploration or on exploitation. Second, next to density and strength of ties one should also look at their content, for example in terms of types of knowledge and technology. Third, the analysis should take into account matters of both competence for innovation and governance of relational risk. The paper develops theoretical propositions that argue in favour of ties in exploration that are dense and strong in three out of five dimensions. Predictions are confronted with case histories of innovation in Dutch multimedia and biotechnology industries. While this does not yield a rigorous quantitative test, and results cannot be generalized, it does yield interesting refutations that yield new insights. European Management Review (2005) 2, 179-197. doi: 10.1057/palgrave.emr.1500041
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