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

CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2006-32

29 Pages Posted: 22 May 2006

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Bart Nooteboom

Tilburg University - Center and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Victor A. Gilsing

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS); Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Ministerie van Economische Zaken

Wim Vanhaverbeke

Hasselt University; ESADE Business School

Geert Duysters

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS); University of Maastricht

Ad van den Oord

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS)

Date Written: March 2006

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.

Keywords: innovation networks, cognitive distance, centrality, density

JEL Classification: O31, O32, L14, L24, L25

Suggested Citation

Nooteboom, Bart and Gilsing, Victor A. and Vanhaverbeke, Wim and Duysters, Geert and van den Oord, Ad, Network Embeddedness and the Exploration of Novel Technologies: Technological Distance, Betweenness Centrality and Density (March 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=903743 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.903743

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