Network Embeddedness and the Exploration of Novel Technologies: Technological Distance, Betweenness Centrality and Density

B. Nooteboom, V.A. Gilsing, W.P.M. Vanhaverbeke, G.M. Duijsters, A. Oord

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Abstract

In this paper we analyze the innovative performance of alliance networks as a function of the technological distance between partners, a firm's network position (centrality) and total network density.We study how these three elements of an alliance network, apart and in combination, affect the 'twin tasks' in exploration, namely novelty creation on the one hand and its efficient absorption on the other hand.For an empirical test, we study technology-based alliance networks in the pharmaceutical, chemical and automotive industry.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherOrganization
Number of pages30
Volume2006-32
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2006-32

Keywords

  • innovation networks
  • cognitive distance
  • centrality
  • density

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    Nooteboom, B., Gilsing, V. A., Vanhaverbeke, W. P. M., Duijsters, G. M., & Oord, A. (2006). Network Embeddedness and the Exploration of Novel Technologies: Technological Distance, Betweenness Centrality and Density. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2006-32). Organization.