The politics of networked innovation
UNSPECIFIED. (2005) The politics of networked innovation. HUMAN RELATIONS, 58 (7). pp. 913-943. ISSN 0018-7267Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726705057811
Existing studies suggest that, because knowledge is becoming more widely distributed, innovation increasingly needs to occur 'at the interstices' of collaborating groups and organizations. Networked innovation processes are therefore emphasized, over more hierarchical or market-based forms, as having distinct advantages for the creation and integration of knowledge. Whilst the structural properties of networks have been heavily scrutinized, there is relatively less understanding of processes, in particular the political dynamics that shape networked innovation. This article aims to develop understanding of networked innovation processes, by identifying and relating the characteristics of networked innovation to the productive, or constraining, effects of different dimensions of power (power of resource, meaning and process). It does this through comparative analysis of three case studies of networked innovation, each involving the development of new technology. This analysis suggests that understanding the politics of networked innovation depends on understanding the generative (and sometimes degenerative) relationship between power, knowledge integration, network formation, and the role of technology. Moreover, the co-ordination of networks, rather than simply their formation, is found to play a particularly crucial role.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences
|Journal or Publication Title:||HUMAN RELATIONS|
|Publisher:||SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD|
|Number of Pages:||31|
|Page Range:||pp. 913-943|
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