Professional Associations as Important Mediators of the Innovation Process
Newell, Susan and Swan, Jacky. (1995) Professional Associations as Important Mediators of the Innovation Process. Science Communication, 16 (4). pp. 371-387. ISSN 1075-5470Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1075547095016004001
Innovation depends on new ideas entering an organization and being translated into something implemented and used. This article identifies the determinants of this knowledge acquisition and transfer. Knowledge is diffused through a variety of networks. One potentially important network is formed by professional associations, which diffuse a specific body of knowledge to practitioners and create informal networks of weak ties, linking members from different organizations. A survey of a particular association's members is used to identify the variables that predict the level of two types of technological innovation. Results show that professional association networks are important for innovation in specific, operational technologies, although infernal communication factors and organization size are also significant predictors For more complex technologies that have implications for the overall philosophy of operations, different predictors-the existence of a technology strategy, the level of external communication, and the level of influence of individuals-are relevant.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Science Communication|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications, Inc.|
|Official Date:||June 1995|
|Number of Pages:||17|
|Page Range:||pp. 371-387|
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