Open Innovation and Firm Performance: The Mediating Role of Social Capital

18 Pages Posted: 14 May 2013

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Matthias Rass

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg

Martin Dumbach

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg

Frank Danzinger

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Angelika Cosima Bullinger

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; University of Pennsylvania - School of Arts & Sciences

Kathrin M. Moeslein

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

This article examines the role of social relations and networks in open innovation settings. Building on extant open innovation literature as well as on social capital theory, we develop a model that conceptualizes social capital as a mediator between the implementation of open innovation instruments and firm performance. In doing so, this paper adds to the understanding of the role of structure and content of social relations in open innovation contexts as well as of sustainable side‐effects of open innovation. In particular, we argue that apart from a direct effect of open innovation instruments on firm performance, there is also a mediated relationship between these variables. More precisely, we propose that the implementation of open innovation instruments strengthens an organization's social capital, which is, in turn, positively related to firm performance.

Suggested Citation

Rass, Matthias and Dumbach, Martin and Danzinger, Frank and Bullinger, Angelika Cosima and Moeslein, Kathrin M., Open Innovation and Firm Performance: The Mediating Role of Social Capital (June 2013). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 177-194, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264662 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12028

Matthias Rass (Contact Author)

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nürnberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

Martin Dumbach

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nürnberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

Frank Danzinger

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) ( email )

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Munich, DE Bavaria 80539
Germany

Angelika Cosima Bullinger

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nuremberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

University of Pennsylvania - School of Arts & Sciences ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Kathrin M. Moeslein

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg ( email )

Schloßplatz 4
Nuremberg, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.prof-moeslein.de

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management ( email )

Jahnallee 59
Leipzig, 04109
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.clicresearch.de

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