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Networks and innovation : a social network analysis of biotechnology collaboration

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Networks and innovation : a social network analysis of biotechnology collaboration

Salman, Nader (2002) Networks and innovation : a social network analysis of biotechnology collaboration. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In today's fast-paced economy the innovative capability of a company cannot be studied without considering the external organizational relationships that firms maintain. Within inter-organizational networks, firms can learn from one another and benefit from new knowledge developed by other organizations. The ability to access this knowledge is an effective source of competitive advantage. The present study focused on the relationships between organizations in the biotechnology sector. Using network analysis, the study examined the impact of network position on innovation, speed of innovation, access to complementary knowledge, number of R&D projects, and strategic direction. By examining the pattern of network interactions between firms, this research shows that being located in a central position leads to innovation and access to knowledge advantages. Furthermore, it demonstrates that firms that are regularly equivalent and similar in network roles tend to adopt a similar strategic direction.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Salman, Nader
Pagination:iv, 70 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.Sc.Admin.)
Program:John Molson School of Business
Date:2002
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lamertz, Kai
ID Code:2152
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:25
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:25
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